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Texas Police Search for Romantic Rival “Mastermind” Behind Dentist’s Murder

Texas authorities have issued a murder warrant for a woman who allegedly orchestrated the slaying of a 35-year-old children’s dentist, Dr. Kendra Hatcher.


Police are looking for 33-year-old Brenda Delgado of Dallas, who had previously dated Hatcher’s boyfriend, Ricardo Paniagua, and is accused of hiring a hitman to kill Hatcher out of jealousy. According to court documents, Delgado “ended a two-year relationship” with Paniagua earlier this year.


Dallas police Maj. Max Geron told reporters at a Friday press conference that Delgado “was involved in the planning and the commission” of Hatcher’s slaying, which was allegedly carried out with the participation of at least two other people. He called the crime a “murder for hire.”

Crystal Cortez, a 22-year-old woman is in custody on a capital murder charge after she allegedly admitted to being the driver-for-hire in the fatal Wednesday shooting of the 35-year-old woman.

Hatcher, who worked as a dentist, according to WFAA, was killed at about 7:45 p.m. after entering her apartment’s parking garage and exiting her car, police have previously said.

Cortez, in an interview with police, allegedly “admitted that she conspired with an unnamed individual for $500, to drive an unknown male suspect to [Hatcher’s apartment] and commit the offense of robbery,” according to the warrant.

Cortez also allegedly admitted to witnessing this unknown male shoot and then rob Hatcher, according to the warrant.


Source: The Huffington Post | People | Video Credit: Daily News

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