Woman in Alleged Murder Plot of Dallas Dentist Kendra Hatcher Added to FBI's Most Wanted List
Delgado allegedly plotted the murder of her former lover's girlfriend before fleeing to Mexico, authorities say
The alleged mastermind of a murder-for-hire plot that killed Dallas dentist Kendra Hatcher in September has been added to the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list, PEOPLE confirms.
Brenda Delgado, 33, allegedly plotted the murder of her former lover’s girlfriend before fleeing to Mexico, authorities said at a Wednesday press conference.
Hatcher, 35, was fatally shot last September while getting out of her car in a parking garage of her luxury Dallas apartment building.
Delgado allegedly hired Crystal Cortes, 23, and Kristopher Love, 31, to kill Hatcher in what the FBI alleges was a plot that took months to hatch. She allegedly promised Love drugs and money to kill Hatcher, according to multiple reports.
Delgado discovered Hatcher and her ex-boyfriend were planning to vacation in Mexico, according to reports.
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 Cortes’s arrest warrant.
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 Cortes’s arrest warrant.
Love has been arrested and charged with capital murder and unlawful possession of firearm. Cortes has also been charged with capital murder.
It was not known as of press time whether Love or Cortes has entered a plea, and information about their attorneys was unavailable.
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Prior to Escape, Police Questioned Delgado
Delgado was initially questioned by authorities and allegedly admitted she loaned the car used in the killing, owned by a friend, to Cortes, authorities said at Wednesday’s press conference. Delgado is believed to have fled the country shortly after and has now been in hiding for seven months, authorities said.
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 at the press conference. “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.”
Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk said at Wednesday’s press conference that Delgado is a Mexican citizen and currently 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. If convicted, Delgado will face life in prison, Hawk 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.