Dallas police say the teen who is accused of killing his 5-year-old cousin admitted to raping her.
Gonzalez was strangled to death, police say. Her body was found Sept. 1 hanging by a shirt in the closet of a vacant Lake Highlands apartment.
Sanches-Zenteno told police he was with the girl, but said another man who he identified only as “Carlos” was responsible for her death. He claimed Carlos forced him into a closet for more than a half hour while the girl was killed.
He had initially told police that he “did not rape” Katherina, according to police documents. He told another investigator that he did sexually assault the girl for “less than a minute,” but did so because the other man was holding him at gunpoint and told him to.
“At this time, the alleged second suspect has not yet been located,” police said in an arrest warrant affidavit.
Police took DNA samples from Sanches-Zenteno and sent them away to a lab for analysis. The lab matched his DNA to some found in the girl’s underwear.