Michael Giordano, 23, has been charged with aggravated murder in the first degree in the death of Jennifer Ayers

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Michael Giordano, 23, has been charged with aggravated murder in the first degree in the death of Jennifer Ayers Photo courtesy of connectingsingles.com

A 23-year-old Bellevue man has been charged with aggravated first degree murder in the brutal Jan. 15 slaying of a 63-year-old Lake City woman.

Michael Ross Giordano was arrested and charged with aggravated murder in the first degree in the death of Jennifer Ayers.

Giordano allegedly confessed to entering the home through an unlocked door. He did not know Ayers, and selected the house based on the cars outside. Allegedly he told officers he bound her with wires, tortured her, robbed her, raped her, killed her and tried to burn her body to dispose of evidence. He also allegedly wrote messages on the home’s walls in the victim’s blood to convince officers someone with satanic beliefs had committed the crime.

At 8:40 a.m. on Monday, a resident of the 10700 block of 36th Avenue Northeast called 911 to report an unknown man was standing in the street and bleeding from the hands. The caller’s daughter spoke to the man, who related he had been mugged. He responded he was lost and lived in Bellevue.

The Seattle Fire Department responded and treated the man, who told them his name was Michael Giordano. He was treated and released.

The initial caller then phoned back, forgetting to mention the man had been flinging items into the bushes around the caller’s house. Officers responded to this call at 9:36 a.m. and found several cards with Jennifer Ayers’ name on them. The officers then looked up her address.

At around 10:15 a.m. on Monday, patrol officers responded for a welfare check for Ayers in the 2500 block of Northeast 107th Street. As they knocked on the door, the officers heard what sounded like a smoke alarm from inside. Examining the perimeter, they observed smoke coming from inside and called the Seattle Fire Department.

Officers then entered the home through an unlocked door and discovered a significant amount of blood and a deceased 63-year-old woman inside, partially on fire. A knife handle was sticking out of the woman’s right buttock. The officers described her as “clearly deceased.” The patrol officers then called for detectives.

Seattle firefighters put out the flames and no other people were found in the house. Officers then closed off the scene and waited for detectives, who obtained a search warrant to begin their investigation. 

Several hours after the initial call and discovery of the body, officers contacted Giordano in downtown Seattle. 

Officers conversed with Giordano, who was acting strangely. Responding officers believed he was on drugs or mentally ill, and were sussing out if a crisis intervention was necessary.

Based on his statements, officers detained and transported him to the homicide office. He was booked into King County Jail on the investigation of murder and arson charges.

He was denied bail for both charges.

Giordano allegedly told officers that he had committed a murder and that the blood on his hands was not his. He then allegedly related, in great detail, how he snuck into the house through an unlocked door, bound her in wire, raped and murdered her before attempting to burn the body to destroy evidence. 

He was officially charged with aggravated murder in the first degree on Wednesday. Bail was set at $10 million.

Giordano’s arraignment is set for January 31 at the King County Courthouse.