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Jury selection begins for William Clyde Gibson's third murder case

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Jury selection is underway in William Clyde Gibson's third murder case.

This trial is for the murder of Stephanie Kirk. Her body was found buried in the backyard of Gibson's New Albany home in April 2012.

Jury selection is being held in Evansville, Indiana, and is expected to take all week. The trial is expected to begin June 16 in New Albany and could last up to two weeks.

Gibson was in court today. Our cameras weren't allowed inside, but he listened as the prosecution and defense questioned potential jurors.

This week, attorneys are trying to narrow down around 250 people to just 17 -- 12 jurors and five alternates to decide the case.

"So far, things have proceeded as planned," said Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson. "It moves a little slow the first day."

Potential jurors were taken into a courtroom in groups of five. We heard both Floyd County prosecutors and Gibson's defense attorney ask them about their prior knowledge of the case.

"I'm fairly pleased that the publicity -- the pretrial publicity -- issue seems to be a little less than last time in last time, in Dearborn County," Henderson said. "We're not finding as many people that are aware of the case."

Potential jurors that had information from media reports about his current case or prior murder convictions were immediately dismissed.

Views on the death penalty were also discussed. The jury may not only be giving a verdict, but also deciding on a death penalty verdict for Gibson if he's found guilty.

Prosecutors encountered some people who were not comfortable making that decision. They were dismissed. WDRB also saw several people strongly in favor of the death penalty be excused from the proceedings.

In November, Gibson was sentenced to death for the murder of Christine Whitis. He also pleaded guilty earlier this year to murdering Karen Hodella and was sentenced to 65 years in that case.

Members of the jury will come to Floyd County for Gibson's trial. Prosecutors hope to have a verdict in less than two weeks.

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