Suspected Serial Killer Asks For Death Penalty

William Clyde Gibson Writes Letter To Prosecutor, Newspaper

A man suspected in a series of killings in southern Indiana said he plans to plead guilty and wants the death penalty.

In a letter written from the Floyd County Jail, William Clyde Gibson told the Louisville Courier-Journal that will be plead guilty and accept the death penalty in the slayings of three women because "after all, I am guilty," the paper reported.

Stephanie Kirk, 35, of Charlestown, had been missing for about a month before her body was found in a makeshift grave in the back yard of Gibson's home in April, police said.

Gibson was already charged with murder in the deaths of two other women -- Christine Whitis, 75, and Karen Hodella, 45.

Gibson told the paper he has written to the prosecuting attorney and told him, "I will pled (sic) guilty to the death penalty … just to save some more heart ache."

The Floyd County Prosecutor's Office confirmed to the newspaper that it had received a letter from Gibson.

Indiana law does not allow defendants to plead guilty and receive the death penalty.

Not guilty pleas have been entered on Gibson's behalf in all three cases. His first trial is scheduled for Aug. 27.

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