Dallas police have arrested a woman in connection with the execution-style murder of 35-year-old pediatric dentist Kendra Hatcher.
Crystal Cortez, of Dallas, was arrested late Friday and charged with capital murder, a felony. She is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail.
UPDATE: Cortez’s bail was raised to $500,000, according to WFAA.com.
Originally published on September 5, 2015 @ 11:05 a.m.:
On Thursday, police released surveillance photos of an older model Jeep Cherokee seen in the gated parking garage of Hatcher’s luxury high rise apartment building.
A day later, a man recognized his vehicle in the photos and called Dallas police headquarters. The man told police he loaned his black 1996 Jeep Cherokee to a female friend, according to an affidavit obtained by Dallas News.
The man told police his friend loaned the vehicle to Cortez. Police contacted Cortez who volunteered to come down to police headquarters.
When she arrived at police headquarters, Cortez confessed to her role in the slaying.
Cortez told police she was paid $500 by an unnamed man to drive another man to the parking garage to rob Hatcher.
Police have not released the names of the 2 male suspects, who are still at large.
Cortez told police she drove the getaway vehicle to the Gables 17 Apartments on Cedar Springs Road on Wednesday. She followed another vehicle through the gate into the garage.
When Hatcher arrived in the parking garage, the man got out of the Jeep, shot Hatcher once in the neck and stole some of her personal belongings, the affidavit states.
The man got back into the Jeep and Cortez drove out of the garage.
Hatcher was pronounced dead at the scene. Her family said Hatcher will be buried in Springfield, Ill.
Several documents obtained by Dallas News lists Cortez’s age as 21, 22, and 23; meaning she is probably an alien in this country illegally (thanks to President Obama).
Hatcher, who moved to Dallas from Illinois, began dating a man named “Ricky” in June.
A few days before she changed her Facebook status, she wrote, “Am I ready for this?”
Read the arrest warrant below, courtesy of Dallasnews.com.