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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The FBI has added North Texas Capital Murder suspect Brenda Delgado to its “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list. The 33-year-old is the person investigators believe orchestrated the 2015 murder-for-hire of Uptown Dallas dentist Kendra Hatcher.
Hatcher was shot and killed after getting out of her vehicle in the parking garage at the Gables Park 17 high-rise apartment building. FBI officials say it was Dallas Police Department investigators who soon suspected Delgado of hiring two co-conspirators to carry out her plan. The man accused of actually gunning down Hatcher, Kristopher Love, is in custody and faces federal charges. The woman accused of driving Love to the parking garage to murder Hatcher, Crystal Cortes, is also in custody.
Thomas M. Class, Sr., Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Dallas Field Office said, “Brenda Delgado was able to effectively manipulate everyone she involved in her calculated scheme. Although she didn’t pull the trigger herself, she is still responsible for the murder.”
Officials say Delgado plotted the murder because she was jealous Hatcher, 35, was dating her ex-boyfriend and had recently been introduced to his parents. The now Most Wanted fugitive initially spoke with investigators about the murder, but officials say she fled the country when it became clear she was a person of interest in the murder case.
A grand jury indicted Delgado for Capital Murder back in October. A federal arrest warrant for Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution was issued soon after. The indictment said Delgado promised to give Kristopher Love drugs and money, from herself and a drug cartel, to kill the dentist.
Delgado lived in North Texas but is a Mexican citizen. She was born Brenda Berenice Delgado Reynaga, on June 18, 1982. Officials believe she fled back to Mexico and consider her armed and dangerous.
Dallas FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force, which is comprised of FBI special agents and detectives from the Dallas and Garland Police Departments, is conducting the search for Delgado. “Community visibility and awareness of the program brings the eyes and ears of citizens around the world into the effort, which leads to the capture of these criminals,” explained Joseph Campbell, Assistant Director of the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
While Delgado has been indicted and charged with Capital Murder, during the press conference Wednesday Dallas District Attorney Susan Hawk explained that if Delgado is found in Mexico officials there will only extradite her back to Texas if prosecutors agree not to seek the death penalty. Mexico does not practice capital punishment.
As it stands, FBI officials say federal police in Mexico are cooperating with U.S. authorities in tracking down Delgado.
Along with the Delgado’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” designation comes the offer of a $100,000 reward. The FBI is offering money up to that amount for information leading to the direct arrest of Delgado.
Brenda Berenice Delgado Reynaga, a.k.a Brenda Delgado, is a Hispanic female, who stands 5’5”, and weighs about 145 pounds. She has brown eyes, black hair and a butterfly tattoo on the small of her back.
Anyone with information concerning Delgado is asked to call 800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324.) Tips can also be submitted online on the FBI website. Anyone who has seen or knowns about Delgado’s whereabout here in the United States is asked to contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate or call the FBI Dallas Field Office at 972-559-5000.
Delgado is the 506th person and the ninth woman to be placed on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list.
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