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Indiana Supreme Court upholds death penalty for William Clyde Gibson

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Indiana Supreme Court has upheld a judge's ruling that serial killer William Clyde Gibson receive the death penalty, according to an opinion issued by the court.

Gibson was sentenced to death in 2013 for the April 19, 2012 murder of family friend, 75-year-old Christine Whitis. He killed Whitis, sexually assaulted her and mutilated her corpse.

"We find the nature of Gibson's offense to be beyond horrendous," the court wrote in its opinion, which was filed Thursday morning. "He brutally murdered an elderly woman, sexually assaulting her in the process, even after she was dead, then dismembering her body. As for his character, Gibson has an extensive criminal history. And although we understand he is afflicted with various mental disorders and grief over his mother's death, no one testified he was unable to appreciate the severity of his crime. Gibson's jury heard this evidence and more, determined the State proved all four aggravators beyond a reasonable doubt, and found those aggravators outweighed the mitigating evidence presented."

"In light of the horrific manner in which Gibson took Whitis's life and his lack of redeeming character traits, we find this is not the kind of exceptional case that warrants appellate modification of a sentence," the court continued. "Finding Gibson's sentence of death was not inappropriate, we decline to revise it."

To read the full ruling, CLICK HERE.

Gibson has also pleaded guilty to the murder of Stephanie Kirk. Kirk's body was found buried in the backyard of Gibson's New Albany home in April 2012. He was sentenced to death in that case as well.

In April 2014, Gibson received a 65-year sentence for the murder of Karen Hodella. Police say Hodella is the first person Gibson killed: a 44-year-old Florida woman, found stabbed to death near the Ohio River in Clarksville, Ind.

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