Murder accused says victim hired him to shoot her

2018-02-14 18:28
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A 22-year-old man who’d been arrested for the shooting death of a 19-year-old woman from Broomfield, Colorado, says he’d responded to a Craigslist ad in which she’d asked for someone to kill her.

Natalie Bollinger’s body was found on 29 December in a wooded area of a dairy farm near Broomfield, The Daily Beast reports.

Natalie’s boyfriend had reported her missing the day before. He’d also reported his firearm stolen.

Joseph Michael Lopez, who works at a local pizza restaurant, was arrested last week in connection with Natalie’s death.

An autopsy confirmed Natalie died of a single gunshot wound to the head. It also revealed she had a potentially lethal amount of heroin in her system, The Denver Channel reported. She had a history of drug abuse.

According to Lopez he saw her advertisement in the personals section of the website Craigslist in December. It was apparently posted under “Women looking for men” and the ad said Natalie was looking for someone to kill her. Lopez, posing as a hitman, contacted Natalie about the ad.

CBS News reports Lopez picked Natalie up from her flat on 28 December. Apparently they’d been communicating through cellphone text messages for some time before meeting. Lopez maintains he’d been trying to get her to change her mind but she was adamant she wanted to die.

He says she cited “problems with her boyfriend” as the main reason for her decision. Once Lopez had picked her up, they drove around for a while, discussing amongst other things how payment would take place.

According to Lopez, Natalie had given him the gun with which he was to shoot her.

Shortly after his arrest Lopez initially denied shooting the young woman, saying he’d dropped her off back at her flat. But police, using GPS coordinates, were able to confirm he’d been present at the crime scene, forcing Lopez to confess he’d shot her.

He added in his confession that they’d prayed together before he pulled the trigger.

Lopez is still in police custody and the investigation is ongoing, a police spokesperson told CBS News.

Sources: The Daily Beast, The Denver Channel,CBS News

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