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Women plead not guilty in murder-for-hire case

Wendy Moore and Aaron Russell Wilkinson Wendy Moore and Aaron Russell Wilkinson
Samuel Yenawine Samuel Yenawine

Two women accused in the murder-for-hire plot targeting a Mt. Pleasant woman pleaded not guilty in federal court on Tuesday.

Federal court documents state Wendy Moore and Rachel Palmer pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiring across state lines to murder Nancy Latham. They are two of the four suspects accused in the plot.

Investigators say Moore hired her ex-husband, Samuel Arthur Yenawine, to carry out the hit on Latham. Moore was living with and working for Latham’s estranged husband, Christopher Latham, a Lowcountry-based Bank of America executive, investigators said.

Palmer is facing charges because investigators say she worked with Yenawine, her boyfriend, to transfer the several thousand dollars Moore paid him in exchange for the hit.  Investigators say the money was wired to the Louisville area of Kentucky, where Yenawine and Palmer lived.

Federal investigators allege the hit was scheduled to take place just one day before the Lathams were scheduled to appear in family court for divorce proceedings in early April. Nancy Latham has since filed a civil lawsuit against her husband, claiming he was the mastermind behind the plot to kill her.

Christopher Latham has not faced any criminal charges in connection with the incident.

Authorities learned of the plot when the alleged triggerman, Aaron Russell Wilkinson, confessed to Charleston police just days before the scheduled hit.

He and Yenawine have also pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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