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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM)The man accused of killing Uptown Dallas dentist Kendra Hatcher is preparing to head to federal court. Kristopher Love will go before U.S. Magistrate Judge Irma C. Ramirez this afternoon.

Investigators with the Dallas Police Department say Love is the gunman who murdered Kendra Hatcher. The 31-year-old was taken into FBI custody on Monday. The federal charge centers on him being a convicted felon and being in possession of a firearm – the same firearm used to kill Hatcher. Love was convicted of aggravated robbery in 2005 and not allowed to possess a gun.

(credit: Family of Kendra Hatcher)

(credit: Family of Kendra Hatcher)

 

It was last month when Hatcher was shot to death inside the parking garage of her uptown high-rise apartment building. Detectives first arrested Crystal Cortes for allegedly being the driver in what is now being called a murder-for-hire plot.

According to a federal complaint, DPD and FBI investigators used a cell phone number to track down Love. During an interview, Cortes told officials her cell phone had been used to call a man she knew as ‘Kris.’

(credit: Dallas County Jail)

(credit: Dallas County Jail)

While two people are behind bars for being involved in Hatcher’s murder, another is still on the run.

Brenda Delgado is accused of being the mastermind behind the murder plot, allegedly wanting Hatcher dead for dating her ex-boyfriend. And as for that cell phone call made to Love, Cortes said it was Delgado who made it.

Love’s expected appearance at the Earle Cabell Federal Building will be his first in federal court. Love also faces a state capital murder charge.

Love faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted of the illegal possession of the firearm.

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