This article originally appeared on April 12, 2014 at 11: 30 AM ET in the Dallas Morning News. The local Dallas-Fort Worth Star-Telegram newspaper gathered at the practice in Irving where Kendra works and told reporters that she was friendly and personable, with a smile on her face. She holds a bachelor's degree in dentistry from the University of Texas at Dallas and a master's degree in dental practice management from Texas A & M University.
As a woman I met in Dallas, I was fascinated by Brenda, but I also thought it was pure coincidence that she showed up at my office the day after I left to meet another woman, a nurse named Mirlande. He said he couldn't understand how Brenda could get so close to committing this kind of crime, let alone murder. Brooks knew he had no strong case to send her away, and he also believes it was no mere coincidence because Brenda had turned up on Kendra's doorstep just days before dating the woman.
I learned on Facebook that Ricky had gone with Kendra to a California resort near Austin and we were planning to take her on a nice trip to meet her relatives and attend the city's Fall Festival. We made further trips in September to meet Kenda's family and meet her family, "he said.
I asked Brenda if she knew anyone who might be willing to buy furniture for the apartment, and she offered to "buy drugs and even a car for Jennifer," which would help get revenge on Ricky and Kendra. When Jose said he was afraid to drive the jeep to Dallas because he feared he might get run over, Brenda suggested painting it in a different color.
Later, I asked Crystal if she would accept such a meager sum to help Brenda, whom she had only known for a few weeks, carry out her revenge on a woman she had never met. Maybe something went wrong, Brenda said, maybe Crystal was in the underground car park to buy drugs.
She initially said she was looking for a parking space because she wanted to eat at a "Mexican restaurant" a few blocks away, but when she was 17, Roberto took her to Gables Park. She got out of the car pool at school, picked up her son, bought Kristopher, who was with her, dropped him off at her grandmother's, returned to her apartment to pick him up, drove back to the Smile Zone and took him back to his apartment. He had to get his son back and go back to school because he wanted to visit a friend.
When Ricky had to have his car repaired in July, Brenda arranged for him to drop it off at a mechanic's shop owned by one of her friends. She turned to a friend named Jennifer Escobar, who she met while the two worked at NorthPark shopping mall. Brenda's friend Jose Ortiz owned a garage and agreed to lend her his BMW while he worked on the BMW. After work, she took Crystal's car to her boyfriend's house and took it to his mechanic's shop.
She was petite, with a thick chestnut mane that fell over her shoulders, and she looked like a toothpaste model with her raven hair curled gently.
Brenda took screenshots of Ricky texting his new girlfriend and took photos of him booking plane tickets to visit the couple in Denver for his birthday. She took photos of Kendra in the "I'm Dreamy" shirt and she took a photo of her and Ricky happily posing in front of the Dallas skyline.
She said she would buy him a car and pay child support if he did not threaten Kendra with a bat just to scare her. Crystal agreed to the deal and spoke with her lawyer, who said Crystal could be released after 15 years on probation. She texted Ricky and offered to text him if she could bring him something else he might need. Ricky sent her a text message to let her know what had happened and she said he would buy her another car, pay for her child - and even threaten her with a bat if she was scared.
The jury took just 20 minutes to reach a guilty verdict on capital murder, and the judge sentenced Brenda to life in prison without parole. She returned to the United States after the Dallas district attorney's office vowed it would not ask the jury to sentence her to death. Citing Crystal's testimony, it took the jury two hours to find her guilty and vote for the death penalty by lethal injection.
Brooks met Crystal and offered her a 35-year sentence for the role she, Brenda and Kristopher played in Kendra's murder. Brooks met Crystal in the early 1990s at a drug dealer's office in Dallas, Texas, according to court documents. To impress him, she made up a story about links to drug cartels. Brenda said she paid him a combination of drugs and cash, allegedly worth $3,000, to join her 'murder-for-hire' team and she said he joined her. She said she paid him $2,500 in drugs, $1,200 in cash and $500 in a car for his help in helping her murder team.