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Judge imposes death sentence on William Clyde Gibson

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New Albany, Ind. (WDRB) -- A judge today sentenced convicted killer William Clyde Gibson to death for the murder of his family friend, Christine Whitis. 

"All I'd like to say is that I think justice was served here today."

That was the reaction from Whitis' son, Mike, after the judge accepted the jury's recommendation and sentenced William Clyde Gibson to death.

A jury convicted Gibson last month of killing, sexually assaulting, and mutilating Whitis, who was 75-years-old, and his late mother's best friend.

He did not testify during his trial, but, as Judge Susan Orth imposed the sentence, Gibson had something to say.

Gibson told Orth, "I deserve what I'm getting. Ain't no big deal to me."

Prosecutor Keith Henderson said he was struck by Gibson's lack of remorse.

"It seemed to me that he was more interested in moving on to the next trial and getting this over with. I didn't see any remorse or any sort of sorry for what happened," he said.

Up next for Gibson, the second of his three murder trials; this one for the killing of Stephanie Kirk. Her body was found last year buried in Gibson's back yard.

And Gibson seemed to close the door on any possible plea deal, saying in court, "I want a fast and speedy trial. I want no deal. I want a trial.

A plea deal would have saved cash-strapped Floyd County the expense of two more trials for the accused serial killer.

"I think that door's now been shut based on what I heard in the courtroom. So, we're prepared for trial number two,"said Henderson.

The judge set an execution date of Nov. 26, 2014, one year from the sentencing.

But that will likely not happen. Death sentences are automatically appealed to Indiana's Supreme Court . It's the next step in what has been one of Floyd County's most horrific cases.

"My thoughts at the end of the day come back to the victim's family. In this case, Mr. Whitis and his family. The loss that they'll endure until the day they die. There are no winners here," said Henderson.

One very poignant moment occurred as Judge Susan Orth imposed the sentence. She looked at Gibson and said, "May God have mercy on your soul."

The next stop for Gibson, death row in Michigan City, Indiana

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