Alleged Mastermind in Dentist's Murder Now Among FBI's 10 Most Wanted

The water Brenda Delgado is swimming in just got a lot hotter. Following the murder of Dallas dentist Kendra Hatcher, Delgado, 33, was quickly identified as the alleged mastermind behind the killing. Hatcher's boyfriend at the time of her death was Delgado's ex. Police say that Delgado, steaming with jealousy, gave Kristopher Love drugs and money to shoot Hatcher in the victim's parking garage in Uptown.

Wednesday, the FBI placed Delgado, who they believe has fled to Mexico, on the bureau's 10 most wanted list.

“The evidence against Brenda Delgado has been gathered, the case has been filed by our detectives, a grand jury has indicted her, and a warrant has been issued for her arrest. What is left to do is to bring her to justice and have her answer for this crime that shocked our community. I am thankful to Kendra’s family for their strength and for all of the individuals involved in adding Brenda Delgado to the FBI’s 10 most wanted fugitives list," Dallas Police Department Deputy Chief Robert Sherwin said at a press conference.  Because Mexico will not return fugitives to the United States who could face the death penalty, Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk said at the press conference that capital punishment was not on the table. Should Delgado end up back in Dallas County, she'll face life without parole instead, Hawk said.

Delgado's rage, according to police documents, boiled over when she learned that her ex-boyfriend had taken Hatcher to meet his parents in San Francisco, something he'd not done with Delgado. She loaned alleged getaway driver Crystal Cortes a Jeep, police say, and Cortes drove Love to Hatcher's garage, where he allegedly shot Hatcher and stole her purse. Cortes has told police that she didn't know Delgado wanted Hatcher dead.

Cortes and Love have been charged in the crime and are in jail.

The FBI is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to Delgado's arrest. She is only the ninth woman ever placed on the FBI list.
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Stephen Young has written about Dallas news for the Observer since 2014. He's a Dallas native and a graduate of the University of North Texas.
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