Cops: Dental Hygienist Hired Felon to Kill Popular Dentist

The dentist had been dating her ex-boyfriend
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 3, 2015 2:57 PM CDT
Brenda Delgado allegedly hired Kristopher Love to kill a popular Dallas dentist last month.   (Dallas County Sheriff's Department/Dallas County Jail)

(Newser) – Police say a dental hygienist planned and commissioned the murder of a popular Dallas dentist last month, the New York Daily News reports. "It was a murder for hire," Maj. Max Geron told reporters Friday. Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of 33-year-old Brenda Delgado, who is accused of paying to have Kendra Hatcher killed. According to NBC News, Hatcher was dating Delgado's ex-boyfriend, but police have not identified a motive for the killing. Delgado was questioned and released by police in the days following the Sept. 2 murder, according to USA Today. "All I will suggest to her specifically is that she turn herself in as quickly as possible," Geron said. "She is a fugitive wanted at this point for capital murder."

Police also announced the arrest and charging of 31-year-old felon Kristopher Love, who is accused of actually pulling the trigger in Hatcher's death, NBC reports. He is being held on $2.5 million bail. Police say 23-year-old Crystal Cortes drove Love to the parking garage of Hatcher's apartment building for the murder. Cortes was arrested two days after the murder and reportedly claimed Delgado used an iPhone to track the location of Hatcher's phone prior to the crime. She claims she was paid $500 to be the getaway driver for what she thought was only supposed to be a robbery. (Read more murder stories.)

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