William Clyde Gibson pleads guilty to murder of Stephanie Kirk - WDRB 41 Louisville News

William Clyde Gibson pleads guilty to murder of Stephanie Kirk

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- In a completely unexpected move, William Clyde Gibson has pleaded guilty to the murder of Stephanie Kirk. The plea effectively ends the jury selection that began in Evansville, Indiana on Monday and avoids a murder trial.

The news came late Tuesday afternoon.

Kirk's body was found buried in the backyard of Gibson's New Albany home in April 2012.

The jury selection was expected to last all week. The trial was expected to begin June 16 in New Albany, and last two weeks.

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.

Gibson could still face the death penalty in connection to this case. His plea deal effectively waived his right for the penalty to be decided by a jury. Instead, Judge Susan Orth will decide the penalty.

It is anticipated that the penalty phase will last approximately three days. It has been set for July 28 at 9 a.m.

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