An Auburn man was charged with first-degree murder and burglary Monday, accused of killing his former girlfriend's new boyfriend after breaking into her Federal Way condominium while drunk.
Michael R. Fiorini , 26, was charged with fatally shooting Christopher D. Johnson , 27, around 3:15 a.m. Thursday.
Fiorini and his ex-girlfriend broke up in 2004 after dating for five years, according to court documents. He had been physically abusive, she told detectives.
The woman said she and Johnson had been dating about a month.
Court documents give the following account:
After seeing Fiorini recently at a bar, the woman had started texting and talking on the phone with him. They were talking and texting the night of the shooting when Fiorini text-messaged her that Johnson wasn’t good for her.
Fiorini said he was going to come over and kill Johnson.
The woman, 27, replied she would call police if he came over. He called 12 more times but she didn’t answer.
Fiorini smashed out the sliding-glass door to her second-floor condominium in the 33000 block of 18th Place South and confronted his ex-girlfriend, who was asleep on the couch.
Fiorini pulled out a pistol and told her to “shut up.”
She screamed, and Johnson – who had gone to sleep in the bedroom with a toothache – came out into the living room. Fiorini then fatally shot Johnson in the chest.
A police dog found Fiorini hiding nearby in some bushes. He had left shoe prints in the freshly fallen snow.
Fiorini lived with his father, who told detectives his son said on the night of the shooting he was going to kill Johnson. Michael Fiorini left their Auburn home drunk on foot between midnight and 1 a.m. Thursday, armed with a pistol, the father said.
Fiorini was under a King County District Court order not to drink because of a pending charge for driving under the influence.
He remains in jail at the Regional Justice Center in Kent on $2.5 million bail. If convicted as charged, Fiorini could be sentenced from 31 to 38 years in prison. His arraignment is set for March 15.