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Dallas woman held in slaying of dentist; told police she drove killer for $500

Crystal Cortes, 23, was charged in the murder of Kendra Hatcher.

Crystal Cortes, 23, was charged in the murder of Kendra Hatcher.  (Dallas County Jail)

A Dallas woman is being held on a capital murder charge in the slaying of a pediatric dentist in an apartment parking garage, and police are looking for other suspects.

Crystal Cortes told investigators she drove Kendra Hatcher's killer to the garage Wednesday. Cortes remained in jail Sunday. Jail records don't list an attorney for her.

An affidavit says Cortes admitted she was paid $500 to drive the gunman. Police haven't indicated if they think 23-year-old Cortes, a dental assistant, knew the victim.

Police say the Jeep Cortes was driving followed another vehicle into the garage. After Hatcher parked, a man got exited the Jeep and shot her. Cortes told investigators the gunman stole several items from Hatcher.

The affidavit says police corroborated Cortes' account with witnesses and video evidence.

Detectives were able to corroborate Cortes’ statement through witness statements and surveillance video from the scene.

Cortes' bond is set at $500,000, according to published reports.

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