Brenda delgado


Closing Arguments Set At Brenda Delgado Trial

June 06, 2019 - 5:39 pm

By L.P. Phillips and Chris Sommer 

DALLAS (KRLD) - Both sides rested their cases Thursday at the Dallas capital murder trial of Brenda Delgado. Closing arguments will begin Friday morning.

Delgado, 36, is charged with arranging the September 2015 murder of dentist Kendra Hatcher.

Over four days of testimony, prosecutors painted Delgado as a woman bent on revenge against her romantic rival. At the time of her death, Hatcher was dating Delgado's former boyfriend, Ricardo Paniagua.

The prosecution rested its case Thursday after calling a medical examiner who said Hatcher was shot from behind. The jury also heard the remainder of a police interview with Delgado, who was heard uttering an expletive after the detective finished and left the room.

Delgado's defense team called a single witness - a cell phone expert who took the stand to counter the state's key witness, Crystal Cortes.  Delgado did not testify.

Cortes, who served as the getaway driver in the dentist's killing, got a 35-year prison sentence for testifying against Delgado and against Kristopher Love, who fired the fatal shots. In October 2018, Love was convicted and sentenced to death.

Earlier in the week, Cortes told the jury Delgado hired her and Love to carry out Hatcher's murder.  Cortes testified Delgado gave her $500, while Love was compensated with money and drugs.

Delgado left the country after Hatcher's killing, and was arrested in Mexico in 2016. If convicted, Delgado will not face the death penalty under terms of an extradition agreement with the Mexican government.​