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A fugitive who allegedly plotted a murder-for-hire of a Dallas dentist in September has been added to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list, PEOPLE confirms.
Brenda Delgado, 33, allegedly plotted the murder of Kendra Hatcher, 35, her former lover’s girlfriend, before fleeing to Mexico, authorities say.
Hatcher was getting out of her car in a parking garage when she was fatally shot.
Delgado allegedly hired Crystal Cortes, 23, and Kristopher Love, 31, to kill Hatcher in a plot she had been working on for months. She allegedly promised Love a steady supply of drugs and money for the murder, according to multiple reports.
According to authorities, Cortes allegedly drove Love to Hatcher’s apartment complex. When Hatcher got out of her car, Love allegedly ambushed and shot her, authorities have said.
Cortes first identified Delgado as a suspect when she allegedly voluntarily went to Dallas Police Headquarters and admitted she conspired with Delgado in the murder, according to documents obtained by PEOPLE.
Cortes allegedly told police she was paid $500 “to drive an unknown male suspect to [Hatcher’s apartment] and commit the offense of robbery,” according to an arrest warrant.
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Delgado was initially questioned by authorities and allegedly admitted she loaned the car used in the killing – which was owned by a friend – to Cortes. Delgado is believed to have fled the country shortly after speaking to police and has now been in hiding for seven months.
Police issued a federal fugitive warrant for Delgado’s arrest in October.
“I don’t think any of us anticipated that it would lead to what we found,” said a spokesperson for the Dallas Police Department in a press conference on Wednesday. “But at the time that she was taken into custody, I believe she had traffic tickets. That was the only thing we had at that time. So that’s what we’ll stick with right now, because we couldn’t hold her for any length of time.”
Love has been arrested and charged with capital murder and unlawful possession of firearm. He is currently incarcerated and awaiting trial.
Cortes has also been charged with capital murder and currently awaits trial.
Delgado is a Mexican citizen and has family in Mexico. In order for her to be extradited, the death penalty has been taken off the table as Mexico is opposed to the death penalty, officials said at the press conference. If convicted, Delgado will face life in prison, officials said.
Since its inception in 1950, about 500 names have been on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list. Delgado is the ninth woman on the list. The FBI is currently offering up to $100,000 for information leading to her capture.