United States man Joseph Lopez had a chilling answer when investigators asked why he had shot a 19-year-old woman in the head around Christmas and then left her body in a rural area near Denver: she asked him to.
Joseph Michael Lopez was arrested on Friday for the shooting death of 19-year-old Natalie Bollinger, of Colorado, The Kansas City Star reports.
According to an arrest affidavit, Lopez said Bollinger placed an ad under Craigslist's "Women seeking Men" section and took out a "hit" on herself.
Authorities said they found more than 100 text messages between Lopez and Bollinger on the night she went missing, according to the network, and Lopez claims this was in response to her Craigslist ad.
"Just because we have a suspect in custody, doesn't mean the investigation is over", Adams County Sheriff Michael McIntosh said Friday in announcing the arrest.
An autopsy report from the Adams and Broomfield county coroner released February 1 showed Bollinger died from a single gunshot wound to the head.
Lopez told detectives that "he was pretty sure that he knew what we were there for", and that "he was sure it had to do with the girl he talked to on Craigslist", according to the affidavit.
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Bollinger had been missing since December 28, when she left home around noon and never returned.
Police archives express some of Bollinger's loved ones told delegates she had a past filled with self-destructive considerations, however others said she was upbeat and was anticipating going to class. He agreed to meet and kill her after a long conversation via text. They then drove around while discussing how he would be paid.
Mr Lopez says they both knelt down and prayed, then he got up, closed his eyes and shot her.
Investigators did locate a weapon, but McIntosh said it's too early in the investigation to tie it to Bollinger's death.
The affidavit does not provide evidence that Lopez's claims are true, Denver 7 reports. And did the suicidal thoughts that friends said Bollinger previously expressed play a role in her death?
She added that Schwartz would also reach out to her family members and had allegedly threatened to kill himself in front of her. Bollinger was granted a restraining order against Schwartz on December 15, two weeks before she was found dead. Schwartz said he had been interviewed by police. A bond has not been set.