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Indianapolis man found guilty in cold case murder of baby boy

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 3, 2014)—An Indianapolis man arrested last year in connection with the 1977 beating death of an 18-month-old boy was found guilty of second degree murder Tuesday.

Michael Ackerman was delivered the guilty verdict by a bench trial.

Authorities reopened William Wood’s case after his sister contacted the IMPD Cold Case Homicide Unit.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Ackerman was dating the children’s mother at the time of the toddler’s death. An autopsy performed on the boy in 1977 revealed he died from blunt impact injuries to the head and abdomen. The findings were confirmed last year by forensic pathologists, who further determined the manner of death was a homicide.

Ackerman faces a 15 to 25 year prison term.  He will be sentenced on Aug. 8.

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