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Man Accused In 3 Slayings Was Drug Informant

Last updated on Monday, July 2, 2012

(NEW ALBANY) - Military records show a southern Indiana man charged with killing three women worked as an informant while in the Army and helped set up the arrests of a sergeant and other soldiers and a German civilian who was selling heroin to GIs.

The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky., reported Saturday the records also show William Clyde Gibson III was court-martialed in 1979 for stealing a $12,500 Mercedes-Benz, going AWOL four times and escaping from confinement. In part because of his work as an informant, he was sentenced to only five months at the military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and given a bad-conduct discharge.

A judge has ordered the 54-year-old New Albany man examined to see if he's mentally competent to stand trial.

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