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Woman charged with murder of Dallas dentist Kendra Hatcher had alleged drug cartel ties

October 8, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Woman charged with murder of Dallas dentist Kendra Hatcher had alleged drug cartel ties

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U.S. federal authorities have accused Brenda Delgado, the woman who is accused of ordering a hit on Dallas-area dentist Kendra Hatcher of providing drugs and money to her accomplices.

Federal prosecutors have indicted the 34-year old Brenda Delgado with capital murder in the fatal shooting of dentist Kendra Hatcher. Authorities extradited the woman from Mexico to Texas on Thursday afternoon.

The extradition of Delgado, who holds dual Mexican and U.S. citizenship, means she will likely dodge the death penalty because of Mexico’s opposition to the death penalty, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Brenda Delgado (Dallas County Jail)

Brenda Delgado (Dallas County Jail)

Investigators maintain that the suspect was envious of the victim, who at the time dated Delgado’s ex-boyfriend and arranged for Kristopher Love and Crystal Cortez to rob and shoot Hatcher as she drove up to her luxurious Dallas apartment last September.

George Milner, Delgado’s lawyer, said, “She just doesn’t look like the person that did what she’s accused of doing.”

The federal criminal indictment alleged that Delgado “knowingly caused the death of Kendra Hatcher… by employing Kristopher Love to murder the deceased… for drugs and the United States currency from the defendant and a drug cartel….”

Milner explained, “That’s what’s in the indictment. Of course, the indictments are drafted by the prosecutor… I believe that is factually inaccurate. I’ve seen no evidence of that.”

Pictured: Kendra Hatcher was shot dead on September 2, 2015. Police say Delgado planned the murder out of jealously

Pictured: Kendra Hatcher was shot dead on September 2, 2015. Police say Delgado planned the murder out of jealousy

Toby Shook, a defense attorney who is not involved in the case, stated that alleged links with a drug cartel could be challenging for a jury to ignore.

Delgado’s lawyer is preparing to file a motion to have the cartel statement excluded from the indictment. He also admits that Delgado escaping to Mexico will be another struggle for the defense.

“Flight is going to be a big part of this case because under the law if a person flees a jurisdiction, especially before they’ve been arrested, that can be viewed of evidence of guilt,” Shook added.

Delgado has a court appearance scheduled for next Tuesday. She now remains in custody in the Lew Sterrett Jail on a $1 million bond.

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