Suspected serial killer pleads guilty to murder in Floyd County

(Source: Pool photo by Scott Utterback, The Courier-Journal)
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A suspected serial killer will pled guilty Thursday to one of the murders of which he's been accused.

William Clyde Gibson took a plea for killing Karen Hodella in 2002 and was sentenced to 65 years in prison by a Floyd County judge.

Authorities say after his arrest for killing his mother's best friend Christine Whitis in April 2012, Gibson implicated himself in Hodella's death. Hodella's body was found in the Ohio River in 2003.

Gibson still faces a June trial for the murder of 35-year old Stephanie Kirk of Charlestown, whose body was found in Gibson's backyard nearly a week after Whitis' remains were found in his New Albany home.

Gibson's attorney has argued during trials that he battles bi-polar disorder, borderline personality disorder and substance abuse. Prosecutors rebutted that none of those are excuses for a man to ever commit the crimes of which he has been convicted.

Gibson is on death row for Whitis' murder. He is scheduled to die November 26, according to affiliate station WAVE-TV in Louisville.