Dallas Woman Arrested on Capital Murder Charge in Mexico
Mexican authorities arrested Dallas murder fugitive Brenda Delgado Friday evening. Delgado was wanted on a capital murder warrant for the murder of dentist Kendra Hatcher, who was shot on September 2, 2015 in her Uptown garage. Law enforcement has alleged that Delgado paid Krystopher Love to murder Hatcher because Hatcher was dating her ex-boyfriend. Another woman, Crystal Cortez, has also been charged with capital murder and is alleged to have been the get away driver.
Delgado had been questioned by the Dallas Police early in the investigation but not arrested. Soon after her interrogation, Delgado fled to Mexico (she is a Mexican citizen). Just last week the FBI put Delgado on their 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list. The publicity surrounding that announcement, as well as the $100,000 reward, probably led to Delgado’s arrest shortly after being put on the list.
Now Delgado will have to be extradited to the United States, a process that could take months. The extradition will happen, but the Dallas County District attorney’s office will have to waive seeking the death penalty in the case. Mexico is opposed to the death penalty and will not extradite any Mexican citizen who faces those charges unless the death penalty is taken off the table.
Delgado’s case is likely to go to trial when she is returned. The case has received a lot of publicity and high profile cases usually go to trial.The defense is likely to try and show there was no agreement between Delgado and her accomplices to commit capital murder. The prosecution may try to use one of the co-defendants as a witness against Delgado. The prosecution will also try prove some connection through cell phones and social media. If Delgado is convicted of Capital Murder, she would receive an automatic life without parole sentence.
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