Defendants convicted in murder-for-hire plot seek new trial

Defendants convicted in murder-for-hire plot seek new trial

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A couple convicted in a murder-for-hire plot are each requesting acquittals and a new trial, according to court documents.

Wendy Moore's attorney, David Aylor, filed the petition Wednesday, court documents show. A similar appeal for Chris Latham, Moore's ex-boyfriend, was filed by Latham's attorney, Stephen Schmutz, on Friday.

Prosecutors alleged that Moore and her ex-boyfriend, Chris Latham, hired a hitman to kill Latham's former wife, Nancy Cannon. Prosecutors said Latham and Moore hired Moore's ex-husband and another man in April, 2013, to kill Cannon.

The petitions argue that the Court improperly instructed the jury and made errors on which evidence it allowed to be admitted during the case. The petitions also argue that one of the charges violated the notice clause of the Sixth Amendment, which guarantees a defendant the right to be informed of charges brought against him.

Moore faces 30 years in prison, and Latham faces up to 10 years in prison. Sentencing is pending following a pre-sentencing report.

There is no word on when a judge will decide on the motions.

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