DALLAS (KRLD) – The alleged mastermind behind Uptown dentist Kendra Hatcher’s murder — Brenda Delgado — will be extradited back to North Texas today. Delgado was captured in Mexico in April after she was added to the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list.
Mexican authorities searched areas where Delgado had friends and family in the states of San Luis Potosí, Nuevo León and Mexico City. The Attorney General’s Office said on April 8 that Delgado was detained in a house in the city of Torreón, in northern Coahuila state. Delgado was then taken to the Santa Marta Acatitla prison in Mexico City pending the recent extradition proceedings. Part of that extradition agreement between the United States and Mexico was expected to take the death penalty off the table for Delgado. Former Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk said at the time that Delgado will however, face life in prison.
According to KRLD’s L.P. Phillips, Delgado’s defense attorney George Milner says his office was notified about Delgado’s return Thursday morning. Milner expects her to be at DFW Airport between 7 and 7:30 p.m. where she’ll then be taken directly to jail.
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. Delgado initially spoke with investigators about the murder, but officials said 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 in October 2015. 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.
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