Wanted Woman Arrested in Mexico for Plotting Murder of Texas Dentist
A woman wanted for ordering the contracted killing of a notable Texas dentist has been arrested in Mexico, Mexican authorities said.
Brenda Delgado, a dental hygienist, will be detained in Mexico City until she’s transferred to US authorities, ABC News reports.
Delgado had allegedly ordered two people to murder Dr. Kendra Hatcher because she was jealous Hatcher was dating her ex-boyfriend, according to the FBI.
“Brenda Delgado was able to effectively manipulate everyone she involved in her calculated scheme,” said Thomas M. Class, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Dallas Division. “Although she didn’t pull the trigger herself, she is still responsible for the murder.”
The two co-conspirators are also in custody. Delgado allegedly told one of them that she had connections with a Mexican drug cartel, and could supply him with a steady source of drugs if he committed the murder.
“He thought he had an in with the cartel,” Dallas detective Lee Thompson said.
The FBI had added Delgado to its Most Wanted List earlier this week, and put up a $100,000 reward for her arrest, generating international publicity that expedited her capture.
Delgado, a Mexican citizen, fled the US shortly after being questioned by investigators about the murder.
In the run-up to the murder, which took place on September 2, 2015, Delgado had learned that her ex-boyfriend was planning a vacation with Hatcher in Cancun, and was planning to introduce her to his parents.
Delgado is the 9th woman ever to grace the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list since its inception in 1950. Of the 506 fugitives to have ever made it on the list, 474 have been captured.