Kendra Hatcher Murder: This Wasn't a Robbery, Aunt Says

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By Matthew Grimson

The aunt of a popular Dallas dentist gunned down in her parking garage last week said she doesn’t believe her niece was killed in a robbery.

Kendra Hatcher, a 35-year-old Illinois native, was slain as she arrived home on Wednesday evening.

Crystal Cortes, 23, was arrested and charged with murder over the shooting death, police said Saturday. She was being held on $250,000 bond.

Cortes told police she had conspired with an unidentified man to rob Hatcher, according to an arrest warrant. She said she was paid $500 to drive the man to the parking garage to commit the robbery, the warrant said.

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But Hatcher's aunt said she didn’t think the dentist was killed as part of a heist.

“I don’t believe this was a robbery,” Lisa Sato told NBC News on Saturday. "Robbers don't walk up and shoot somebody first and then grab their stuff."

Crystal Cortes, who admitted her role in the murder.Dallas County Sheriff's Department

“That’s just not the way robberies happen. There was just no reason for a robber to kill her, to get whatever it was they took.”

Cortes said the man who paid her to drive the car was also the shooter, according to the warrant. Sato said Cortes had “some evil in her” even if she’d only thought she was partaking in a robbery.

“I need a lot of answers,” Sato said. "A car accident or something like that, it's different. Or even an illness, it's different.

"You know somebody did this, and you can’t get past that until you know who and why they did it."