Jury selection marked the beginning of the trial for a suspected serial killer who goes by the moniker “the Beast.” The accused is facing charges related to the deaths of multiple individuals throughout Delaware and Pennsylvania during a violent crime spree that took place in 2021.
The jury for the trial was comprised of a panel of 12 individuals who were selected to fulfill this important role.
A 41-year-old man, Gibson, is currently on trial for the murders of a cellphone store manager in Elsmere and a man in Wilmington. The indictment against Gibson includes a total of 41 charges, with two other shootings in Wilmington leading to charges of assault and attempted murder.
On Tuesday, the individual who was charged with murdering a Dunkin’ store manager in Philadelphia was indicted for two additional murders in Delaware.
After reviewing the case, the district attorney of Philadelphia has given the green light to press murder charges against Gibson.
In January 2021, two incidents shook the city of Philadelphia – the murder of a doughnut shop manager and the discovery of two men shot in the head inside a store located in the Germantown neighborhood. Both instances were tragic and caused widespread concern in the community.
On Monday, Gibson appeared in the courtroom donning casual attire and was handcuffed while being escorted. However, the security officer removed the cuffs once he was seated at the defense table beside lawyers Megan Davies and Richard Sparaco.
The trial is set to last for approximately four weeks, with over 80 individuals identified as possible witnesses. The proceedings will begin with the lawyers presenting their opening arguments on Tuesday, followed by testimony from the witnesses.
According to reports, Gibson, who has a lengthy record of criminal activity, allegedly went on a violent spree soon after his release from a Delaware prison in December of last year. He had served approximately 13 years in prison for manslaughter and possessing a firearm during a felony.
In February 2021, the Philadelphia police identified a suspect in the killing of Christine Gibson, who was later found to be her son. As a result, he was charged with violating the terms of his probation for leaving Delaware without permission. Initially, Delaware probation officials recommended that he serves the remaining six years of his 20-year sentence for manslaughter. However, the defense attorney argued that leaving Delaware without permission was just a minor mistake and that he had found work in Philadelphia. Consequently, the probation officials later asked for a minimum of 30 days. The judge eventually sentenced him to 31 days, and he was released on April 27, 2021.
According to prosecutors, Gibson made an appearance less than three weeks after the incident occurred.
On May 15, a young woman was robbed at a cellphone store in Elsmere, and unfortunately, the thieves also stole her car. The victim was only 28 years old, and the incident took place despite the security measures in place at the store. The car was later discovered in Philadelphia, but the culprits are yet to be apprehended. It’s a distressing reminder of the dangers that can lurk in everyday situations, and we hope that justice will be served for the victim.
According to prosecutors, on June 5th, Gibson committed a street robbery in Wilmington where he shot and killed Ronald Wright, who was 42 years old. Another man was also injured during the incident.
According to officials, Gibson committed a series of robberies and assaults against three individuals in Delaware within the span of three days. On June 8, he was taken into custody for the robbery of a Rite Aid store in Wilmington, where he had pistol-whipped a clerk. Upon his arrest, Gibson was found to be wearing body armor and carrying a loaded handgun and knife.