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Man accused of killing Omaha realtor is held without bond

Court documents reveal new details in death of Michael ‘Mickey’ Sodoro
Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 1:34 PM CST
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - The details of the homicide of Omaha realtor, Michael “Mickey” Sodoro were revealed on Monday.

The man accused of killing Sodoro, Ross Lorello, 43, made his initial court appearance today and is facing murder charges.

The Douglas County Sheriff deputies believe they’ve recovered the gun used in the shooting death of Sodoro.

Investigators say Sodoro, 70, had planned to meet with a client, Lorello, of Papillion, who was going to rent a house at 193rd & W streets.

Lorello is currently in the Douglas County Jail on a first-degree murder charge. Investigators allege he shot Sodoro once in the back of the head.

On Dec. 28, Sodoro was supposed to collect the deposit and first month’s rent, according to an arrest affidavit. When no one could reach Sodoro last week, his son contacted law enforcement.

The next day, deputies found Mickey Sodoro in the garage “inside a crawl space, covered by loose carpeting remnants.”

According to court documents, a forensics team found blood in an upstairs bathtub, blood smear on the stair railing, and blood on the dining room carpet.

A witness placed a vehicle belonging to Lorello’s fiance in the driveway of the home where Sodoro’s body was found.

According to the arrest affidavit, video surveillance confirms Lorello was driving the black Ford Edge the evening Mickey Sodoro went missing.

Upon being interviewed, Ross Lorello told investigators that he signed the leasing paperwork, provided the $9,700 in cash, and eventually left the house and locked up, court documents state. He said Mickey Sodoro had left to meet someone else and that the victim had left his pickup parked with the engine running.

Investigators say a palm print found on the bathtub’s edge, partially contained in blood, were linked to Lorello.

A 22LR handgun revolver was found in the trunk of the Ford Edge that Lorello was allegedly driving, wrapped in a towel. Investigators wrote in the affidavit that the revolver had “five loaded rounds and one fired casing” that were removed from the weapon.

Prosecutors told the judge that they have enough evidence that they believe proves that Lorello is guilty of murder.

Lorello will be held without bond and his preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 16th at 9 a.m.

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