An arrest warrant is expected to be issued soon for the ex-girlfriend of Kendra Hatcher’s boyfriend. Hatcher, 35, was shot to death in the parking garage of her luxury high rise apartments in Dallas, Texas on Sept. 2.
Police arrested 23-year-old dental assistant Crystal Cortes (pictured top right) and charged her with capital murder on Friday. She is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.
According to police affidavits, Cortes told police the ex-girlfriend loaned her a car to drive an unknown male accomplice to rob Hatcher in exchange for $500.
Cortes told police she thought she was participating in a simple robbery. She was to receive $500 from the ex-girlfriend in exchange for Hatcher’s driver’s license.
Police suspect the ex-girlfriend planned and orchestrating the robbery that resulted in Hatcher’s death. The motive was petty jealousy over Hatcher dating the woman’s ex-boyfriend, dermatologist Ricardo Paniagua.
A search warrant identified the woman as Brenda Delgado, a 33-year-old unemployed dental hygienist. Police say she used an iPhone app to track Hatcher’s phone before she was killed.
Delgado and Paniagua dated on and off for 2 years. Cortes told police the couple ended their relationship earlier this year.
“She’s really only known her a relatively short period of time, and I don’t think she had any idea the nature of [Delgado’s] relationship with the guy,” said George Ashford III, Cortes’ lawyer.
He said Cortes is cooperating with police “so that they can get everybody else who was involved arrested.”
Police took Cortes’ 6-year-old son into protective custody on Saturday.
Hatcher’s ex-husband, Scott Fisk, described the beloved dentist in a letter to the Dallas Morning News on Thursday.
“When the news arrived I couldn’t hardly process what I was hearing, and I was soon overwhelmed by grief,” he wrote.
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