Accused Killer Claims Victim Hired Him to Do It on Craigslist

February 12, 2018 Updated: February 12, 2018

A Colorado man accused of killing a teenager is claiming that she hired him to do so.

Joseph Michael Lopez said that he found an ad on Craigslist that stated, “I want to put a hit on myself,” according to an affidavit obtained by ABC.

Lopez, 22, was arrested on Feb. 8 on suspicion of first-degree murder of 19-year-old Natalie Bollinger.

Bollinger was found dead on Dec. 29 in Thornton.

Officials said that she had left home the day before, after talking to a family member and hadn’t been seen since.

Bollinger died from a single gunshot to the head and had a “potentially lethal level of heroin” in her system when she died, an autopsy revealed, reported KDVR.

The autopsy said Bollinger had a history of heroin and methamphetamine use.

Before agreeing to go with detectives for an interview, Lopez told them “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.

Lopez told detectives that the arrangement was made after he saw the ad on Craigslist and discussed specifics of how the teen would be killed.

Lopez claims he tried to talk Bollinger out of it but she insisted on dying.

Before Bollinger’s death, suspicion of the murder fell on Shawn Schwartz, a man whom Bollinger had received a restraining order against in December, reported the Daily Camera.

Schwartz was questioned by police but has not been charged.

He’s said he was not involved in the death.


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