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Defense calls first witnesses in murder-for-hire trial

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) – Attorneys for Chris Latham began calling their first witnesses Friday afternoon as attorneys for Wendy Moore started finalizing their list of witnesses to be heard first thing Monday morning.

Friday afternoon's testimony started with a paralegal who worked on Mr. Latham's divorce proceedings.

Dolly Whitman told the court that she most often interacted with Moore, Mr. Latham's girlfriend and secretary. Moore routinely served as the go-between between the law office and Mr. Latham during the discovery process.

Moore provided more than 100 emails and other information about the divorce, but everything had Mr. Latham's approval before it went out, she said.

Natalie Bluestein, the firm's founding partner, also worked on the divorce case for Mr. Latham, and said the warring couple were working on ironing out the details of alimony and visitation rights; they had already reached an agreement on custody of their daughters.

At Bluestein and Douglas, Mr. Latham spent nearly $9,000 on legal fees before hiring a different law firm where he spent about $600,000 on the divorce.

Jurors also heard from the accountant at the Hay Tire store on Savannah Highway in West Ashley, who said Mr. Latham dropped off a gold Toyota Corolla to have maintenance work done, and was met there by another witness, Mark Green.

The accountant said Mr. Latham and Green returned to the store in the afternoon, and Mr. Latham paid for the repairs with a Visa card.

Friday was the first day the court had heard about a gold Toyota and ownership was not established. It's known, however, that Mr. Latham drives a Lexus and Moore drives a white Dodge Durango.

Green told the court he did not know who owned the car.

During Green's testimony, attorneys also went through swipe card records at Bank of America, where the two men worked, and showed that on the day of the repairs, Mr. Latham showed up several minutes after Green even though the two men arrived together.

Green said Mr. Latham was on the phone the entire time they were in the car together.

Then attorneys turned to Mr. Latham's actions and whether a relationship with Moore would have definitely cost him his job. The resounding answer was, if he had been open about it in the beginning, no.

A Human Resources manager for Bank of America's Southeastern region said Mr. Latham always denied the relationship. When Moore was arrested, she approached Mr. Latham once again and asked if he was involved with her, but the told him not to answer because she would have to report it.

The woman also said she had one strange interaction with Moore.

According to her, Moore told her that she had put Mrs. Latham's phone number of a sex encounter website. When the human resources manager took the information to Mr. Latham, she said he was dismissive of it.

She said Moore also called her once at 2 a.m., but she did not answer the call so she did not know what it was about.

To finish the day, the court heard from another investment banker who said Mr. Latham never carried a wallet or cash when he went out. He said Mr. Latham was highly regarded in the corporation.

If Mr. Latham had been honest about the relationship with Moore, he would not have been fired, the court heard again before recessing for the weekend.

Court resumes Monday morning with witnesses from Moore's attorneys. Mr. Latham's attorneys will likely continue calling witnesses Monday afternoon. 

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