Chris Latham found guilty of one charge; Wendy Moore guilty on all charges
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A jury has found Wendy Moore guilty of all four charges in a murder-for-hire trial, while Chris Latham has been found guilty of one charge.
Latham has been found guilty of using interstate commerce for murder for hire. The jury could not reach a verdict for two other charges that Latham faced in the trial.
Sentencing for both will be held in a few months after a pre-sentencing report.
Moore faces up to 30 years in prison, while Latham faces up to ten years in prison.
Nancy Cannon, Latham's ex-wife and alleged target of the murder-for-hire plot said Wednesday night,"My kids are now safe, I expect we will sleep very well tonight and we look forward to starting our lives again."
The jury had been deadlocked Wednesday night as they were deliberating on a conspiracy charge for one of the defendants. The judge then ordered the jury to continue with deliberations which began Wednesday morning.
On Tuesday, jurors heard closing arguments from both the defense and prosecutors. The prosecution's closing arguments linked both former banking executive 51-year-old Latham and his ex-girlfriend, 37-year-old Wendy Moore, to an alleged hit package.
Both are accused of hiring hit men to kill Latham's former wife, Nancy Cannon. Latham and Moore are accused of hiring Moore's ex-husband and another man in April of 2013 to kill Cannon.
Prosecutor Nathan Williams said there was overwhelming evidence against Latham and Moore. Williams talked about the hit package that contained information about Nancy Cannon and her family, and photos of her family, house and car.
Williams also cited phone records and conversations between Latham and Moore that allegedly had them talking about the hit. Williams cited one phone conversation where someone said,"Everyone is fair game."
Williams said Nancy Cannon was a problem for both Latham and Moore, and it was a problem they wanted to get rid of.
According to Williams, the motive for the hit was Latham did not want to pay alimony if his divorce to Cannon did go through. Prosecutors say the hit was to happen a few days before Latham and Cannon got divorced.
Defense attorneys for Wendy Moore and Chris Latham attacked the credibility of the defense's witness, Aaron Wilkinson, in their closing arguments.
Wilkinson is one of the accused hit men in the case, and was arrested in downtown Charleston and told cops about the plot.
Defense attorney for Moore, David Aylor, said that Wilkinson was a liar and attacked his story.
Latham's attorney has also painted the government's key witness, Wilkinson, as a liar, and claims none of the conspiracy recordings prosecutors have mention Latham's name.
The trial began Monday, February 10. Latham and Moore did not take the stand.
The fourth suspect charged in the case hanged himself in a Georgetown County jail back in June.
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