Accused Killer Claims Victim Hired Him to Do It on Craigslist

Joseph Lopez  ADAMS COUNTY VIA CBS DENVER

Lopez was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder Thursday after agreeing to follow the police to the sheriff's office and was taken into custody after answering some questions, according to KDVR.

Lopez told investigators that sometime after Christmas, he came upon an ad on Craigslist titled "I want to put a hit on myself" while looking at the "Woman seeking Men" category, according to the affidavit.

Lopez said he used a gun that Bollinger gave him, which she said he could keep as payment, according to the affidavit.

According to court records, Lopez told investigators he agreed to meet with Bollinger to kill or assist her in suicide, but said his goal was to convince the young woman not to go through with her plan.

After interviewing the teen's friends and sifting through her text messages, cops approached Lopez at the Domino's Pizza where he worked.

Lopez appears to be scheduled for a court hearing in Adams County, Colorado on Wednesday to determine precisely which charges he'll face.

On Facebook, Bollinger's sister rejected Lopez's story, the Daily Beast reported.

Bollinger was found shot to death near Riverdale Road in unincorporated Adams County on December 29, 2017, about 26 hours after she was reported missing. The autopsy notes she had a history of heroin and meth use.

He said he stumbled across a odd ad combing through the "Women seeking Men" section on Craigslist, according to Denver NBC-affiliate WBGA, and then messaged Bollinger pretending to be a hit man.

A teen was shot to death. Suspect told cops he answered an ad to 'put a hit on myself'
Accused killer of Broomfield woman says she asked him to kill her after he responded to Craigslist post

Investigators have said her death was being investigated as a homicide. Schwartz said he had been interviewed by police.

According to the arrest affidavit, "Joseph Lopez did tell us that it was eating away at him and that several times he felt like just calling the police himself and confessing to shooting Natalie Bollinger". Police linked text messages to Lopez's number.

He said the girl asked to be killed "on her knees ... executed from behind" with a gun she'd brought - even after he tried to talk her out of it. She'd even brought her own gun, he said.

An autopsy found she was shot in the head and had a potentially lethal amount of heroin in her system.

He initially denied he was with her when she died, but investigators countered with evidence that showed his cellphone at the scene of the crime, the affidavit said.

According to Lopez, they went to a secluded spot, kneeled down and said a short prayer.

"We believe that from what we now see, that we have the lone suspect in this case ...", McIntosh said.

Lopez explained to police that he has an app on his phone that lets him create "fantasy personas;" he said one of the 12 personas has a "charismatic" backstory who "can lure people in but then he turns "psycho" and he strikes, '" the affidavit said.

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