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Charges dismissed against Chris Latham

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) – United States attorneys last week filed a motion to dismiss the remaining charges against Chris Latham in the murder-for-hire trial.

Latham was convicted on a count of using interstate commerce facilities to aid in the commission of a murder-for-hire plot. The jury could not reach a decision in the other two charges, resulting in a mistrial. 

The motion was granted by the court on Thursday. 
Latham has not yet had a sentencing hearing for the interstate commerce conviction, but he faces up to 10 years in prison. 

The case against Latham and his girlfriend, Wendy Moore, came undone when one of the co-conspirators was stopped in downtown Charleston on drug charges and confessed to police the reason he was in the city. 

That man, Aaron Wilkinson, took a plea deal to turn on Latham, Moore, Samuel Yenawine and Rachel Palmer.

Moore was convicted on all counts against her. Yenawine hanged himself in a Georgetown County jail cell before the case went to trial. Palmer’s attorneys this month filed a request to join the pretrial diversion program. And Wilkinson is serving another sentence in prison, but he was sent back to his home state of Kentucky to be near his family. 

The court has one more order before it: to unseal all of the more than 450 documents in the case, most of which are sealed. U.S. Attorneys argue in the filing that the cases against all of the defendants have been resolved.

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