DENVER – A man arrested in the shooting death of a 19-year-old Colorado woman told the researchers that they hired him to kill her, court records said.
Joseph McDaniel Lopez, 22, said he responded to a Craigslist ad with the title “I want a hit on myself,” KMGH-TV reported.
Court records say that he described how he and Natalie Bollinger, exchanged text messages and he grabbed her at her apartment in Broomfield, north of Denver, last December. Lopez said that he tried to change her mind. They then drove around while discussing how he would be paid. Eventually the car stopped on a spot where he shot her. He said: Bollinger, provided that the gun, which he took together with her purse.
Bollinger, was found dead Dec. 29, a day after her boyfriend gives her is missing. He also reported his Glock 9mm pistol was gone.
An autopsy found she was shot in the head and had a potentially lethal amount of heroin in her system.
Investigators linked Lopez to the case by more than 100 text messages the two exchanged on the night that she died.
He was arrested late Thursday.
“Just because we have a suspect in custody, does not mean that the research is past,” Adams County Sheriff Michael McIntosh said Friday in announcing the arrest.
Lopez told investigators that when they arrived at the place where Bollinger was shot to death, she knelt down on the floor and he knelt down along her left side and a little in front of her,” court records said. He said that they said a prayer, he stood up and closed his eyes and fired the fatal shot. He told officers the weapon in the trunk of his car.
The researchers did find a weapon, but McIntosh said it was still too early in the investigation to bind to Bollinger has died.
The declaration contains no evidence of Lopez’s claims, or how much heroin was in the Bollinger system. The autopsy noted she had a history of heroin and meth use. The researchers say that some of her family and friends reported they had a history of suicidal thoughts, but the other said that she was happy and looking forward to a school.
Lopez remains imprisoned. No bond is set. It was not immediately known if he was having a lawyer to speak in his name.
Craigslist officials not immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment on Saturday.
Information from: KMGH-TV, http://www.thedenverchannel.com