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Convicted Killer Receives Death Penalty

Last updated on Wednesday, November 27, 2013

(NEW ALBANY) - A judge sentenced a man to the death penalty after he was convicted of killing his late mother’s 75-year-old best friend.

46-year-old William Clyde Gibson of New Albany is to hear his fate during a sentencing hearing Tuesday. The Floyd County jury that convicted him last month of murder in the April 2012 slaying of Christine Whitis decided he should face execution.

Floyd County Judge Susan Orth is required by law to follow the jury's death-penalty recommendation.

Gibson still faces two murder trials in connection with the 2012 slaying of a woman nearby Charlestown and the 2002 death of a Florida woman in Floyd County.

Prosecutor Keith Henderson has said he intends to pursue trials in both of those deaths.

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