Gunman Arrested in Shooting Death of Dallas Dentist as Police Hunt for Woman Behind 'Murder for Hire' Plot
Kendra Hatcher was found dead in the garage of her apartment building on Sept. 2
Dallas police have arrested the man they say fatally shot Kendra Hatcher, a 35-year-old dentist who was found dead in the garage of her apartment building last month, PEOPLE confirms.
Kristopher Love, 31, was taken into custody Friday for allegedly shooting Hatcher execution-style, authorities said. He was allegedly in possession of a gun believed to be the murder weapon when he was arrested.
Police believe that Hatcher was killed in a “murder for hire” plot orchestrated by Brenda Delgado, 33. A warrant has been issued for Delgado’s arrest charging her with capital murder.
Delgado, who is the ex-girlfriend of a man that Hatcher was dating at the time of her death, was previously questioned in connection with the murder. She was identified as a person of interest in the case by Crystal Cortes, who is currently in police custody after admitting to driving the getaway vehicle involved in the murder.
“Ms. Delgado was involved in the planning and the commission of the offense,” Dallas police Maj. Max Geron told reporters Friday. “It was a murder for hire.”
Cortes 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.
Love and Cortes are both charged with capital murder as well, and Love faces an additional charge of unlawful possession of a firearm.
Delgado remains at large, though authorities are urging her surrender. “All I will suggest to her specifically is that she turn herself in as quickly as possible,” Geron said. “She is a fugitive wanted at this point for capital murder.”
In a statement last month, Hatcher’s family told PEOPLE that she had a “huge heart.”
“Two of her passions were children and serving others,” Hatcher’s family writes. “She helped so many people here and around the world, from building houses in Florida to providing medical care to children in Ecuador. We are very proud of all her amazing work, and it is our hope that justice will be served.”
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