Suspect claims Natalie Bollinger, 19, hired him through Craigslist to kill her

Suspect claims Natalie Bollinger, 19, hired him through Craigslist to kill her

Joseph Michael Lopez, 22, was arrested Thursday evening and booked into the Adams County Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder in the death of the Broomfield teen.

Lopez, who is engaged to another woman, told investigators, he was browsing through "Women seeking men" section, when he saw what he described to investigators as an "unusual post" titled something to the effect of "I want to put a hit on myself".

During his interview with investigators, Lopez said he never told his fiancee about the killing and that it was "eating away" at him.

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

Lopez's co-worker at Domino's Pizza told investigators he called in sick at 6 p.m. December 28, an hour after he was supposed to arrive at work, the affidavit said. He is in jail with no bond, scheduled to appear in court again on Wednesday in a case that has shaken this part of Colorado since late previous year.

Bollinger was reported missing from Broomfield.

The affidavit recounts what Lopez told authorities, not necessarily what detectives believe.

The report also said she had a history of heroin and methamphetamine use.

According to the man's affidavit, soon after responding to the "hitman wanted" ad, Lopez attempted to talk the 19-year-old out of committing suicide, he himself struggling with depressing throughout high school.

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An affidavit obtained by Denver ABC-affiliate KMGH says that detectives tracked Lopez down through social media messages between the suspect and Bollinger.

Schwartz was questioned by police but has not been charged.

But Bollinger couldn't be persuaded, he said, telling investigators that she said she wanted to be executed from behind so she wouldn't see the gun and that she "wanted it to happen quickly", according to the arrest affidavit. Police linked text messages to Lopez's number. Lopez told police "he was only talking to her about it until he gained her trust and then he would try to convince her that it was a bad idea and that she shouldn't do it".

Inside the document, Lopez claims that he met with Bollinger and they discussed how she wanted to die.

Shortly before her last drive, the victim applied for a job, which might indicate that she might not have been willing to go through with her plan. Above is a representational image of a crime scene tape and police cars. He says that they said a prayer together before he shot her, according to the affidavit.

He said he "panicked" and took her purse and gun and fled, the affidavit said.

"Just because we have a suspect in custody, doesn't mean the investigation is over", he said.

Investigators say Bollinger's body had a lethal amount of heroin in it when she was found, although the gunshot was the cause of death.

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