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Motions for acquittal, new trial in murder-for-hire case denied

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A motion for acquittal and a new trial filed filed by a couple convicted in a murder-for-hire plot has been denied.

On Thursday, a United States District Court Judge denied the two motions filed by Christopher Latham and Wendy Moore. The requests for acquittal and a new trial were filed in late April.

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.

Latham and Moore were charged on August 6, 2013 with conspiracy to use interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder for hire, use of interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder for hire, and possession firearm in furtherance of crime of violence. Moore was also charged with solicitation of murder for hire.

On February 26, a jury convicted Moore on all counts, while Latham was only convicted of use of interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder for hire.

The motions filed by the defendants attorneys on April 30 argued that the court improperly instructed the jury and incorrectly admitted certain evidence in order to obtain a conviction. The documents also claimed the defendants were not informed of one of the charges they faced.

A judge ruled Thursday the court acted in accordance to the law during the trial, and the defendants' arguments were unfounded. 

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

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