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Mexico extradites woman sought in death of dentist who was trained at University of Kentucky

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A fugitive on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list was extradited Thursday to Texas, where she is accused of murder for the alleged contract killing of a pediatric dentist who graduated from the University of Kentucky, U.S. and Mexican officials said.

The FBI said in a statement that Brenda Delgado was returned in the evening to face a capital murder charge, accused of arranging the killing of Dr. Kendra Hatcher, 35, a dentist, who was shot dead in the parking garage of her Dallas apartment complex in September 2015. Hatcher was the girlfriend of Delgado’s ex-boyfriend. Hatcher, whose hometown was Springfield, Ill., graduated from UK in 2010.

A statement from the Mexican Attorney General’s Office identified the suspect only as Brenda and said she was handed over to FBI agents at the Mexico City International Airport. A Mexican federal official who was not authorized to discuss the case publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity to confirm that the woman was Delgado.

The FBI said she was escorted by agents to Dallas and then transferred to the custody of the city’s police.

Delgado fled the United States soon after investigators interviewed her about the killing, prompting a federal warrant for her arrest, according to the FBI.

She was placed on the Most Wanted list in April and was arrested two days later at a home in the city of Torreon, in the northern Mexico state of Coahuila.

Investigators have said she was jealous that Hatcher was dating her ex and had been introduced to his parents. The Mexican Attorney General’s office said that according to witnesses, Delgado arranged for two people to kill Hatcher in return for money and drugs.

Both alleged co-conspirators have been arrested, the FBI said.

Dallas police arrested Crystal Cortes, 23, on Sept. 4, 2015, and charged her with capital murder in Hatcher’s death. Kristopher Love, 31, also was arrested on a capital murder charge and a federal firearms charge.

The bureau said Delgado holds Mexican citizenship. Under an agreement between the two countries, Mexico requires guarantees that U.S. prosecutors will not seek the death penalty as a condition of extradition in such cases.

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