Unsolved Homicide Case Gets New Review, Following Indy Slaying

By Jeff Neumeyer

June 18, 2010 Updated May 27, 2010 at 6:10 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, IN (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- Relatives of a Fort Wayne homicide victim who died back in the early 1990’s have new hope that something good can come from something very bad.

When the death of a loved one involves a crime that goes unsolved for years, you long for any kind of break.

But it's bittersweet when the help comes in the form of another brutal killing.

24-year old Pete Woods was shot and slashed to death at a home on Euclid Avenue in 1994.

His family and police immediately focused on a specific suspect, but authorities felt they didn't have enough evidence to pursue charges.

Fast forward to last fall, when Indianapolis schoolteacher Sandy Bartenbach was stabbed to death inside her home.

Blood from the doorknob led police to arrest Robert Williams, the man considered a "person of interest" in the old Woods slaying.

Fort Wayne police were contacted and agreed to take another look at the case.

Detectives have submitted a droplet of blood from the crime scene for analysis.

Wendy Woods/Homicide Victim's Aunt: " The DNA now is so much more advanced than it was in 1994, so that's why I was calling them and asking them, would they do that. And we did talk with them and they were a great help in what we had to say, the questions that we needed answered, and they are pursuing it."

Calls to the supervisor over the Fort Wayne Detective Bureau were not returned Thursday.

Test results from the sample submitted to a lab are expected back in a couple of weeks.

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