The 22-year-old suspect is charged with capital murder

By Adam Carlson
Updated September 05, 2015 02:55 PM
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A 22-year-old woman is in custody on a capital murder charge after she allegedly admitted to being the driver-for-hire in the fatal Wednesday shooting of a 35-year-old woman, Dallas, Texas, police announced Saturday.

Crystal Cortes was arrested Friday after police said they identified her as the driver in previously released images of a “vehicle of interest” in the shooting death of Kendra Hatcher.

Cortes is being held on $250,000 bond, according to an arrest warrant released by police. It wasn’t immediately clear if she had entered a plea or hired an attorney.

Hatcher, who worked as a dentist, according to WFAA, was killed at about 7:45 p.m. after entering her apartment’s parking garage and exiting her car, police have previously said.

Cortes, in an interview with police, allegedly “admitted that she conspired with an unnamed individual for $500, to drive an unknown male suspect to [Hatcher’s apartment] and commit the offense of robbery,” according to the warrant.

Cortes also allegedly admitted to witnessing this unknown male shoot and then rob Hatcher, according to the warrant.

“I still can’t believe she’s gone – I don’t understand,” Hatcher’s friend Christine Foley told NBC Dallas-Forth Worth. “She doesn’t have a mean bone in her body at all.

“She would give you the shirt off you back if you needed it. That’s why I don’t understand.”

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