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Records outline computer, cell activity week before hit package found

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) – An FBI special agent on Wednesday tied Chris Latham and Wendy Moore's online activity at Bank of America to information in an alleged hit package that targeted Latham's ex-wife.

The jury learned Wednesday that the origins for 10 out of the 11 items in the alleged hit package had been determined by FBI investigators.

Special Agent Joseph Hamski investigates cases of public corruption and analyzes data found on phones and computers and in bank records, he told the jury. In the case against Moore and Mr. Latham, the agent said he studied three of Mr. Latham's phones, two of Moore's phones, and a pair of phones each from Samuel Yenawine and Aaron Wilkinson, two other men named in the murder-for-hire case.

Hamski said he was not able to recover the disposable phone Moore used, however.

Attorneys first asked the agent about the proxy logs on Moore's computer and he walks the court through Moore's day by the logs.

On April 1, 2013 at 9:20 a.m., Moore starts searching for the South Carolina Lottery Commission and North Charleston motels. Thirty minutes later, surveillance cameras capture her white Dodge Durango at the EconoLodge in North Charleston where she purchased a room in cash.

That's the room where Yenawine and Wilkinson spent their time, investigators say.

At 11:58 a.m., Moore is back at work and searching for Nancy Latham on the Lottery Commission website, the agent testified Wednesday.

Hamski goes on to say that at 2:38 p.m., Moore visited the real estate website hotpads.com and used Mrs. Latham's Dunes West address as a search term. Ten minutes later, two photos of the home were printed.

At 3:12 p.m., the agent said records show that Moore created a Microsoft Word document of details about Mrs. Latham and her family.

The FBI agent told the court that the photos printed and information from the Microsoft Word document were found in the hit package recovered in North Charleston about a week later.

Attorneys then turned their attention to Mr. Latham's proxy records.

Hamski told the court that on Feb. 27, 2013, Mr. Latham searched hotpads.com for his ex-wife's Dunes West home. He then pasted that search RUL into an email and sent it to himself. Then he deleted the email, the agent said.

On April 1 at 12:27 p.m., Latham searches Google for information about College of Charleston. A minute later, Hamski told the jury that the search was expanded to include Jake Hartwell and included terms like Wando Theater Boosters, CofC and Jake, and Wando and Jake.

Hamski said the information on the search results matches information found in the hit package.

Hartwell is a College student staying with the Latham women. Mrs. Latham promised Hartwell's mother she would care for him in her death.

According to the FBI agent, a few minutes later Mr. Latham printed five maps, including one of Music Farm that contains computer information tied to Mr. Latham's computer found in the hit package.

Prosecutors then turned their attention to VPN records that came from the home where Mr. Latham and Moore were living at the time. Hamski corroborated Tuesday's testimony that Moore's credentials were used to access Bank of America servers three days after she was taken into custody in the murder-for-hire case.

The VPN access originated from their shared home, Hamski said.

Prosecutors then focused on Mr. Latham's iPhone and two pictures that had been recovered from the device. According to the FBI agent, the photos were taken in Mrs. Latham's driveway a week before the hit package was found.

All of the data on the phone had been deleted after the photos were taken, Hamski said, but because of the way Apple and cell carriers store information, it was all able to be recovered.

Prosecutors also showed the court a lot of graphs and PowerPoints showing call frequency between Yenawine and Wilkinson. According to the data, the calls were sporadic until the last week of March when they really ramped up. There were 19 calls and texts per day between the two between March 30 and April 2.

Then Wilkinson went silent for a full day around March 31 and returned a day later.

On Wilkinson's phone, FBI investigators found searches for the EconoLodge and five pictures of oysters. As the court heard earlier in the week, Wilkinson and Yenawine went to a seafood restaurant one night on Sullivan's Island.

On Mr. Latham's phone, agents found he sent Moore's calls to voicemail on April 3, just a day after the trespass hearing on Sullivan's Island, but she eventually contacted him on a different phone.

The FBI agent also said they found searches for Mrs. Latham's father in Conway; Hamski surmised that Mr. Latham was looking for an address.

 

Following the money

Before breaking for lunch, prosecutors asked the FBI agent to help them track down where the $5,000 came from that went to Yenawine and Wilkinson.

Hamski again told the court about the three wire transfers, explaining that Moore got a transfer for $3,000, another for $1,150, and a third for $850. The smallest transfer came under the alias Kate Morgan.

Hamski told jurors that they dug into Moore's financial records and found that on Feb. 15, 2013, she got a payroll deposit of $3,600, but ultimately concluded through account activity that she did not use that money to pay Yenawine the $5,000.

Prosecutors also walked the court through the particulars of Mr. Latham's account, showing that he often kept huge balances on his account in excess of $40,000. At one point, he had more than $80,000 in his bank account.

However, that all started to change on April 9 when he began making wire transfers to Bill Lemacks, a close friend. Two days later, records show Mr. Latham asked for a $100,000 line of credit and was approved; that was then turned over to Lemacks, Hamski showed in court.

Records also show an $80,000 mobile transfer to Lemacks from Mr. Latham's account that was payed to attorney David Aylor to retain his services for Moore. Mr. Latham's parents paid another $80,000 for legal services.

Hamski also showed that Moore's parents sent a total of $50,000 to Yenawine for legal services after he was arrested.

Money has been at the center of the Lathams' battle and the murder-for-hire plot.

Wilkinson testified last week that he and Yenawine stood to make $30,000 if they could make Mrs. Latham's death look like an accident, or $20,000 if they shot her.

Investigators have argued that money was a huge motivation factor for Mr. Latham, who stood to lose a $650,000 salary at Bank of America if his relationship with Moore was made public. But he stood to lose as much as $12,000 per month in alimony and child support.

Wilkinson said he and Yenawine received $5,000 each up front from Moore when they met at the EconoLodge, but so far investigators have not tied that money to an account belonging to Moore or Mr. Latham.

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