Where is Wendy Moore Now?

September 8, 2023

Wendy Moore is serving 15 years in prison for her role in a botched murder-for-hire plot targeting her former paramour, Charleston bank executive Chris Latham.

Moore, who worked as a secretary for Latham, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire, using interstate commerce in the commission of a federal crime, and possessing a firearm during a federal felony. Latham, who was convicted of one count of using interstate commerce in the commission of homicide, is in federal prison serving 10 years.

Prosecutors told jurors that Moore, 37, put her ex-boyfriend Latham, 51, in touch with Samuel Yenawine, a prison inmate who had been paroled for armed robbery. Investigators uncovered independent evidence, including phone tower data and Yenawine's pay-as-you-go cell phone records, to corroborate the plot.

On Tuesday, Moore's attorney said he would be filing a motion to vacate her conviction and sentence. The legal challenge cites a recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that found a portion of a federal law defining violent crimes was unconstitutionally vague and should be struck down.

In a hearing before her sentencing, Moore's mother Joyce Dean described how her daughter has missed family milestones while in jail, including high school graduation and prom, her grandfather's heart attack and football games with her son. She also questioned the accuracy of prosecutors' evidence, saying they didn't show a connection between the murder-for-hire plot and her daughter's mental health diagnosis.


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