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1st trial begins for man charged in 3 slayings

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NEW ALBANY, Ind. -- A southern Indiana man charged with killing three women over a decade is heading to trial in the first of the slayings.

William Clyde Gibson's trial in the death of 75-year-old family friend Christine Whitis is to begin Monday in New Albany.

Whitis' mutilated body was found in Gibson's New Albany home in April 2012.

Gibson will face separate trials in the killings of 35-year-old Stephanie Kirk of Charlestown and 44-year-old Karen Hodella of Port Orange, Fla. Kirk's body was found buried in Gibson's backyard in April 2012. Hodella's body was found in 2003.

Jurors in the Whitis case were chosen from Dearborn County near Cincinnati because of extensive news coverage about the cases in the Louisville area.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the Whitis and Kirk slayings.

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