Kendra Hatcher Murder: Suspected Gunman Arrested, Warrant Issued for 'Planner'

by Phil Helsel /  / Updated 

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Dallas police have arrested a man they say gunned down a popular dentist last month, and have secured a warrant for the arrest of a woman who they say planned the "murder for hire."

Kristopher Love, 31, is in police custody and charged with capital murder and a federal firearms charge in the Sept. 2 killing of Kendra Hatcher, Dallas police Maj. Max Geron told reporters Friday.

A warrant was issued for the arrest of Brenda Delgado, 33, on a capital murder charge, Geron said. Police did not release a motive. Delgado is the ex-girlfriend of a man Hatcher was dating, according to search warrants.

Kristopher Love
Kristopher LoveDallas County Jail

"Ms. Delgado was involved in the planning and the commission of the offense," Geron said. "It was a murder for hire," he said.

Hatcher was fatally shot in the parking garage of her upscale apartment building. Two days later, police arrested a suspect, 23-year-old Crystal Cortes.

Investigators have said Cortes was offered $500 to serve as a getaway driver in what was supposed to be a robbery, but the accomplice shot Hatcher instead.

Police, citing witnesses, said in search warrants that Delgado had ended a two-year relationship with Hatcher's boyfriend earlier in 2015.

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Cortes allegedly told investigators that Delgado used a black iPhone "that was used to track the location of the complainant's cell phone" — referring to Hatcher — before the murder, according to the search warrants.

Geron would not comment Friday on whether a device was used to track Hatcher before she was killed.

Love is being held in lieu of $2.5 million bail on charges of capital murder and unlawful possession of firearm by a felon, Geron said. Love allegedly had the weapon believed to be used in the murder when he was arrested, Geron said.

Delgado has not yet been arrested. "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."

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