Sister Of Indianapolis Murder Victim Wonders If Ft. Wayne Case Could Have Spared Family's Pain

By Jeff Neumeyer

September 29, 2011 Updated Sep 29, 2011 at 5:51 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- Choosing not to play the "blame game" for an unsolved Fort Wayne homicide.

Indiana’s NewsCenter spoke to an Indianapolis woman whose sister was murdered by a man who police investigated for a Fort Wayne killing 15 years earlier.

It’s a bittersweet time for Shirley Wiles-Dickinson.

She is relieved that when Robert Williams is sentenced in Indianapolis on Friday for killing school teacher Sandy Bartenbach, he could get up to 95 years for the crime.

But Wiles-Dickinson can't help but wonder, what if Williams had already been locked up to prevent her sister's slaying?

Wiles-Dickinson met us at Crestview Elementary School on the north side of Indy, where Bartenbach taught learning disabled children.

Bartenbach suffered 28 stab wounds in late 2009 at the hand of Robert Williams, who was convicted at trial two and a half weeks ago.

Williams was a suspect in the 1994 Fort Wayne slashing death of Pete Woods, a case that never resulted in criminal charges.

Shirley Wiles-Dickinson/Sister Murdered in 2009: " If you allow yourself to dwell, it will eat you up and it would be easy for me to sit here and blame the Fort Wayne Police Department for not doing their job, but I really don’t know a lot about that case."

Wendy Woods/Pete Woods' Aunt: " Right now, we're still waiting to hear from the Allen County Prosecutor’s office, to see if they're going to do anything."

The Fort Wayne Police Department and Allen County Prosecutor’s office did not return calls seeking information about the status of the Pete Woods case.

His family was told a blood sample checked for DNA could not help tie Williams to the murder, but they say eyewitnesses did point to Williams as the person responsible.

At least Wendy Woods can take solace in the fact Williams is going away for a long time in the Indianapolis killing.




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