CEDAR LAKE | The neighbor of a Cedar Lake man whose dead body was found Wednesday in a burning home has been booked into the Lake County Jail in connection with the case, authorities said Thursday.
Lake County Jail records confirm Cedar Lake police booked Anthony LaPorta, 23, of 14737 Cline Ave., into the jail Wednesday on suspicion of killing Adam Giordano, 32, of 14741 Cline Ave.
In a press release issued early Thursday morning, Cedar Lake Police Chief Randall Mayersky said police expect to file charges with the Lake County prosecutor within 24 to 36 hours. Indiana law allows a suspect to be detained 48 hours from the time of arrest pending the filing of charges.
LaPorta is scheduled to appear before Lake Superior Court Judge Shelia Moss on Sept. 5 on a unrelated pending charge of furnishing alcohol to a minor, court records show.
An autopsy Thursday revealed Giordano, who was found in the living room of his burning home, died from stab wounds to his neck and upper torso in a homicide, Chief Deputy Coroner PJ Adams said.
Adams said Giordano was struck in his carotid artery and heart. The second- and third-degree burns the victim received were not a contributing factor to his death, Adams said.
Giordano's mother, Jennifer Giordano, said her son was happiest when he was spending time with his two children.
“He lived for them," she said. "His son and daughter played on various sporting games and he never missed a game. He loved going to them.
"He was such a gentle person. ... He would never hurt anyone.”
Lowell Police Master Sgt. Shane Tucker was Giordano’s football coach at Lowell Middle School.
“He was a good football player and fun to coach,” Tucker said about the Lowell High School graduate. “He will be missed.”
The Northwest Indiana Major Crimes Task Force and Indiana fire marshal are assisting in the homicide investigation. Cedar Lake Fire Chief Todd Wilkening said the fire marshal continued investigating Thursday with the use of an accelerant-sniffing dog.