Gibson, a 17-year veteran of the Public Defender’s Office, says that despite the evidence and confession, Metcalf pleaded not guilty. Gibson will argue self-defense.
“This is a pretty straightforward case. It’s what happened in the guy’s house in 1971. There’s no dispute that these people ran into each other, there’s no dispute that they were together, and there’s no dispute that the man was stabbed by Mr. Metcalf.”
While Metcalf has been sitting in jail awaiting trial, Gibson says that his health has deteriorated.
“Yes, he’s quite ill, and he’s on the liver transplant list. He’s had a continual series of health problems while he’s been in jail. He’s been hospitalized outside of the jail system on at least two occasions,” Gibson says.
Metcalf’s murder trial is scheduled to begin September 3. He faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life if found guilty.