Dr. Kendra Hatcher, 35, was killed in the garage of her luxury apartment complex last week

By Caitlin Keating
September 09, 2015 01:20 PM
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Police have questioned a second woman in connection with last week’s murder of Dr. Kendra Hatcher, a 35-year-old dentist in Dallas who was fatally shot after exiting her car in her apartment building’s parking garage.

Last Friday, Dallas police arrested Crystal Cortes, 23, after police said they identified her as the driver of a vehicle seen in previously released garage surveillance video. In an interview with police, Cortes allegedly admitted to conspiring with an ex-girlfriend of Hatcher’s boyfriend at the time of her death, according to a report by WFAA, which obtained search warrants and affidavits. According to the report, Cortes allegedly admitted to cops that she drove an unknown male suspect into the garage, who allegedly shot Hatcher and took some items before the pair fled. Cortes has been charged with capital murder.

Cops are now questioning the ex-girlfriend identified by Cortes, a 33-year-old dental hygienist, according to WFAA’s report. Cortes allegedly told cops that the ex-girlfriend tracked Hatcher using an iPhone and paid an unnamed suspect $500 to bring her Hatcher’s drivers license, according to the station.

Cops believe the ex-girlfriend had ended a two-year relationship with Hatcher’s boyfriend earlier this year, the station reported, which added that cops seized a notebook computer from her.

The woman’s identity has not been released because she has not been charged with a crime.

Hatcher was murdered at around 7:45 p.m. on September 2 in the garage of her luxury uptown apartment complex. Just two days after the murder, police say they received a call from a man who recognized an an image of his 1996 Jeep Cherokee on surveillance camera footage shown on news reports about the murder. He then let investigators know that he in fact loaned his car to the ex-girlfriend now in question.

“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.”

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