INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Michael Ackerman is charged with murder for the 1977 death of William T. Wood.
"I am afraid a lot. I have a lot of fears of the bad guy because I witnessed a bad guy," said Indy Jo Wood.
For 36 years, Wood has lived under the shadow of tragedy. She's lived with the memory of her little brother's scream, his face red and purple and then his lifeless body.
Michael Ackerman, their mother's then-boyfriend was babysitting. It was back on January 17, 1977. Police were called to an apartment on the city's eastside.
When they arrived, they found 18-month old Billy Wood lying on the living room floor. He was pronounced dead on arrival.
"My memory and the autopsy together I just always knew I had to do something," said Wood.
After nearly four decades, Indy Jo called IMPD. Detective Sergeant David Ellison dusted off the case file and it was the initial autopsy report; a skull fracture, hemorrhaging, lacerations to the liver and abdomen that put Ackerman behind bars, charged with murder.
Is this very common for abuse?
"Yes, and significant abuse," said Marion County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Denise Robinson.
Robinson calls it the oldest case she's filed.
"We want justice to be done so we intend to go forward with the case and hopefully successfully prosecute the case," said Robinson.
No matter how many years later?
"No matter how many years later," she said.
For Indy Jo, it was news she's waited for her whole life.
"I wish, in a perfect world, he would stand up and say, 'I did this and this and that and I'm sorry,'" said Wood. "That's what I want but am I going to get that? Only Michael Ackerman knows."
The Woods hope it brings closure for the family, healing at best.
But if nothing else, it will mean Billy gets his day in court - 36 years later. Robinson says Ackerman's initial hearing should be scheduled Friday or Monday.
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