Mexico detains woman wanted in slaying of Texas dentist

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A woman who was on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted fugitives list for the killing of her ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend in Texas has been detained in Mexico.

Brenda Delgado, 33, was detained at a house in the city of Torreon, in northern Coahuila state, the Attorney General’s Office said Friday.

She will be held at a Mexico City prison pending extradition proceedings. She faces charges of capital murder and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution in connection with the September death of Dr. Kendra Hatcher, a dentist.

Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk told Dallas-Fort Worth television station KTVT that an extradition agreement between Mexico and the U.S. requires that the death penalty not be allowed. Hawk said Delgado faces life in prison, if convicted.

Hatcher, 35, was gunned down in the parking garage of her Dallas apartment complex. Prosecutors allege that Delgado hired two accomplices — one of them the gunman — to carry out the hit. Both accomplices are in custody.

Delgado told one of the accomplices that she was connected with a cartel and could provide him with a steady source of drugs if he carried out the killing, according to an FBI statement.

“He thought he had an in with the cartel,” Dallas police Detective Lee Thompson said, according to the statement.

It’s believed that Delgado fled the country shortly after Dallas investigators questioned her about the killing, federal authorities said.

Investigators say Delgado was jealous because Hatcher was dating her ex-boyfriend and had recently been introduced to his parents.

The boyfriend had dated Delgado for about two years before his relationship with Hatcher.

The FBI has named more than 500 people to the agency’s most-wanted list since it was established in 1950. Delgado, who is a Mexican citizen, is just the ninth woman to make the list.

It was only Wednesday when the FBI announced she had been added to the list, saying she’s a “master manipulator.” A reward of $100,000 was offered for her capture, but it wasn’t clear Saturday whether it will be paid based on a tip.

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