Crystal Cortez (22), a Dallas resident, was arrested Friday on a capital murder charge. She is alleged to be the driver for an unknown suspect who shot and killed Kendra Hatcher (35), a popular dentist in Dallas.
Hatcher was shot in the parking garage of her apartment. Cortez has been cooperating with authorities and has “admitted her involvement in the murder” according to the Dallas Police. More specifically, she has told police that she was paid $500.00 to drive the shooter to the location for the purpose of committing a robbery; there may be others beyond the shooter involved. Security footage captured a depiction of the getaway vehicle allegedly being driven by Cortez that led to her identity. The killer is still at large.
COMMENT: A person can be found criminally liable for a crime committed by another if the person intentionally aids, advises, hires, counsels, or conspires with or otherwise procures the other to commit the crime. Significantly, a person can be found liable for any other crime committed in pursuance of the intended crime if reasonably foreseeable by the person as a probable consequence of committing or attempting to commit the crime intended. This applies even if the person you provided aide to is found not guilty. In this case, a jury could find Cortez guilty of first-degree murder if they believe she conspired with the shooter to rob Hatcher, and her death was foreseeable. However, depending on the circumstances, and given her early cooperation, it is unlikely that she would be tried for the capital offense– it is more likely that the state will use her as a witness, and a deal will be cut.
UPDATE: October 5, 2015. Police arrested Kristopher Ledell Love (31) as the alleged gunman in the Hatcher love triangle case. The police theory of the case is that Love was hired by Brenda Delgado, the ex-girlfriend of Hatcher’s boyfriend at the time of her murder. Police are searching for Delgado. Love has a criminal history stemming from a Tennessee aggravated robbery conviction. In addition to the potential murder charges, he faces state or federal gun charges because of his felony status.
UPDATE: July 16, 2016–
Brenda Delgado was captured April 8th, 2016 after she fled the jurisdiction of the United States. The 33-year-old woman was wanted for her role in the first-degree murder of Dallas dentist, Dr. Kendra Hatcher (35) who was shot inside a parking garage in Dallas on September 2, 2015.
Delgado had been placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list and had been on the run for about seven months before she was arrested in Torreon, in Northern Coahuila state without incident. Hatcher had been dating Delgado’s ex-boyfriend and it is believed that Delgado helped to arrange the murder– she was not the trigger person.
She remains in Mexico City where extradition proceedings are pending. Reports indicate that her lawyers were planning her surrender before her arrest when Mexican authorities rushed in and arrested her. It is unclear whether the death penalty was taken off the table in exchange for her consensual return to the states.