According to a transcript of Ortiz’s interrogation by D.C. detectives, Ortiz said Lopez had a couple of “friends with benefits” — men who weren’t boyfriends, but who accompanied her to parties and with whom she had sex.
In a court filing last week, Jezic said he planned to present alternative theories of how Lopez might have been killed during the trial by discussing three men who could be responsible: an ex-boyfriend of Ortiz’s and another of Lopez’s, plus Lopez’s former boss, the immigration lawyer.
“This notice does not constitute any representation that there is any particular level of proof regarding any of these individuals at this time,” Jezic wrote in the filing. “This notice simply mentions those people, among those known or unknown, who may have had a romantic or other close relationship with the victim and who may have had some conflict with the victim.”
During her first interview with detectives, conducted three days after Lopez’s body was found, Ortiz said that she had been in Lopez’s apartment for about an hour on the morning authorities think the woman was killed. Days later, during a second interview, she said she had been there only for a few minutes.
Ortiz said Lopez had agreed to accompany her to an appointment, but when she arrived at the apartment, Lopez said she could not go. Ortiz said she used Lopez’s bathroom and left. One of Lopez’s former boyfriends was in the apartment at the time, she said.
Ortiz’s journey to Washington is complex. According to court papers, Ortiz told detectives she was one of eight siblings and graduated from a college in Buenos Aires. She traveled extensively before moving to France, where she taught Spanish in a French school. In 1996, Ortiz said, she married a French architect, and the couple moved to Saudi Arabia, where he worked.
She said she moved to the Washington area to study English in 2005; her husband remained in the Middle East. She found an apartment in Silver Spring and took classes at the Lado International Institute and Kaplan University, she told detectives.
In Washington, Ortiz told detectives, she dated a man about 10 years her junior who had an alcohol problem and was sometimes violent. That man was a source of conflict between Ortiz and Lopez, according to a person familiar with the case who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case was heading to trial. On several occasions, Lopez told Ortiz to leave the man.