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Condemned man pleads guilty to another slaying

March 20, 2014
Associated Press

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana man already condemned to death for killing a 75-year-old family friend has pleaded guilty in the 2002 slaying of a Florida woman.

Louisville, Ky., television stations report William Clyde Gibson entered the plea under an agreement with prosecutors Thursday morning and was sentenced to 65 years in prison by a Floyd County judge.

Gibson admitted to the stabbing death of 45-year-old Karen Hodella from Port Orange, Fla.

Gibson was given a death sentence last fall after jurors convicted him of killing his mother's best friend, Christine Whitis, during a 2012 attack in New Albany, just across the Ohio River from Louisville.

Gibson faces a third murder charge in the death of 35-year-old Stephanie Kirk of Charlestown. Her remains were found buried in Gibson's backyard.



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