• Sun. Apr 11th, 2021

Bloody palm print, revolver led to arrest after real estate agent found dead in crawl space

Court documents are shedding more light on the killing of real estate agent Michael “Mickey” Sodoro, 70.Ross S. Lorello III, 43, has been booked for one count of criminal homicide.According to a news release from the sheriff’s office, Sodoro’s family reported him missing around 2:30 a.m. on Dec. 29. The victim’s son, Michael Sodoro II, said that his father was missing. He said his father had gone to show Lorello a rental house near 193rd and Q. He said he last spoke with his father around 5 p.m. on Dec. 28, at which time his father said he would be collecting the deposit and first month’s rent before returning home in about an hour and a half. The victim’s son stated that he later tried to call his father but the phone went straight to voicemail. Police found the victim’s vehicle, a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado, empty and locked in the 5000 block of South 191st Avenue. Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies entered the rental property near 193rd and Q and observed a ground-level crawl space that was partially blocked by a shelving unit. Inside, they discovered Michael “Mickey” Sodoro deceased, covered by loose carpet pieces. An autopsy confirmed that his cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the back of his head.Deputies observed blood smeared on the stair railing, leading from the basement to the entryway. They also observed blood on the carpet in the dining room, on a sweatshirt on the floor, in the kitchen pantry closet and in the upstairs bathroom. In an interview with deputies, Lorello stated that, on the night of Dec. 28, he gave Sodoro $9,700 in cash and signed the lease before locking up and leaving the home. A forensic team was able to lift two palm prints from the upstairs bathtub. One of the prints was in blood. Both of the prints were identified as belonging to Lorello, deputies said. Deputies searched Lorello’s girlfriend’s vehicle, which he was on surveillance driving on the 28th. Inside, they found a revolver in the trunk where the spare tire is kept. Deputies said that upon clearing the revolver, five loaded rounds and one fired casing were removed. Lorello consented to the collection of DNA and prints. On Monday, he was denied bond. A preliminary hearing was set for Feb. 16.

Court documents are shedding more light on the killing of real estate agent Michael “Mickey” Sodoro, 70.

Ross S. Lorello III, 43, has been booked for one count of criminal homicide.

According to a news release from the sheriff’s office, Sodoro’s family reported him missing around 2:30 a.m. on Dec. 29.

The victim’s son, Michael Sodoro II, said that his father was missing. He said his father had gone to show Lorello a rental house near 193rd and Q. He said he last spoke with his father around 5 p.m. on Dec. 28, at which time his father said he would be collecting the deposit and first month’s rent before returning home in about an hour and a half.

The victim’s son stated that he later tried to call his father but the phone went straight to voicemail. Police found the victim’s vehicle, a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado, empty and locked in the 5000 block of South 191st Avenue.

Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies entered the rental property near 193rd and Q and observed a ground-level crawl space that was partially blocked by a shelving unit. Inside, they discovered Michael “Mickey” Sodoro deceased, covered by loose carpet pieces. An autopsy confirmed that his cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the back of his head.

Deputies observed blood smeared on the stair railing, leading from the basement to the entryway. They also observed blood on the carpet in the dining room, on a sweatshirt on the floor, in the kitchen pantry closet and in the upstairs bathroom.

In an interview with deputies, Lorello stated that, on the night of Dec. 28, he gave Sodoro $9,700 in cash and signed the lease before locking up and leaving the home.

A forensic team was able to lift two palm prints from the upstairs bathtub. One of the prints was in blood. Both of the prints were identified as belonging to Lorello, deputies said.

Deputies searched Lorello’s girlfriend’s vehicle, which he was on surveillance driving on the 28th. Inside, they found a revolver in the trunk where the spare tire is kept. Deputies said that upon clearing the revolver, five loaded rounds and one fired casing were removed.

Lorello consented to the collection of DNA and prints.

On Monday, he was denied bond. A preliminary hearing was set for Feb. 16.