Man arrested in murder-for-hire of Dallas dentist

Kendra Hatcher (WPVI)

A man has been arrested in the murder-for-hire shooting death of a pediatric dentist and an arrest warrant has been issued for a woman suspected of hiring him, police said Friday.

Dallas Police Maj. Max Geron said Kristopher Love, 31, has been charged with capital murder in the Sept. 2 death of Kendra Hatcher. Geron said Love, also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, has been identified as the person who shot Hatcher in her apartment complex's parking garage.

He said that when Love was arrested, he was in possession of the gun believed to have been used in the killing of Hatcher, 35.

Love was in Dallas County jail on $2.5 million bond. Jail records didn't list an attorney.

An arrest warrant on a capital murder charge was issued for a woman accused of planning the killing. She remains a fugitive.

Geron, who did not discuss a motive at the Friday night news conference, said that the woman "was involved in the planning and the commission of the offense."

A woman accused of driving the shooter to the garage, 23-year-old Crystal Cortes, was arrested Sept. 5 and charged with capital murder. She remained in Dallas County jail Friday on $500,000 bond.

According to an arrest affidavit, Cortes admitted being hired by the woman for whom the arrest warrant was issued to rob Hatcher. Love admitted to his role in the robbery which resulted in Hatcher's death.
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