Kristopher Love, the hitman who was convicted of capital murder last week in the killing of Dr. Kendra Hatcher, a pediatric dentist, was sentenced to death Wednesday in Dallas.
The Dallas County jury took only three hours before voting to condemn Love, 34, to death by lethal injection.
Hatcher, 35, was shot and killed in the parking garage of her Dallas apartment building in September 2015. Prosecutors said Love was hired by Brenda Delgado, 36, the ex-girlfriend of Hatcher's boyfriend; Delgado is awaiting trial on a charge of capital murder.
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A third person, Crystal Cortes, 26, who prosecutors said was the getaway driver, pleaded guilty this month to a reduced charge of murder and was sentenced to 35 years in prison in exchange for her cooperation and testimony.
"Kristopher Love agreed to commit the murder for drugs and money," said the lead prosecutor, Kevin Brooks, chief of the district attorney's felony trial bureau. "This was not a crime of spontaneity. This was a premeditated and well-planned-out crime."
Investigators said in search warrants that Delgado ended a two-year relationship with Hatcher's boyfriend earlier in 2015. They said that she used a black iPhone to track Hatcher's cellphone, manipulated Love with offers of drugs and persuaded Cortes to drive the getaway car for $500.