Four Indicted in Murder for Hire Conspiracy
Contact Person: Bill Nettles (803) 929-3000Columbia, South Carolina ----- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Wendy Annette Moore, age 37, of Mt. Pleasant, SC; Christopher Austin Latham, age 50, of Sullivan’s Island, SC; Rachel Palmer, age 36, of Louisville, KY and Aaron Russell Wilkinson, age 39, of Alvaton, KY have been indicted in federal court on charges relating to a Murder for Hire plot that occurred in March and April of 2013.
A Superseding Indictment was unsealed today charging all four defendants with Conspiracy to Use Interstate Commerce Facilities in the Commission of Murder for Hire, Use of Interstate Commerce Facilities in the Commission of Murder for Hire (both violations of 18 U.S.C. § 1958), and Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Crime of Violence (18 U.S.C. § 924(c)). Moore was also charged individually with Solicitation of Murder for Hire (18 U.S.C. § 373), and Wilkinson with individually charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person (18 U.S.C. § 922(g)). The Conspiracy, Murder for Hire and Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person charges each carry a maximum punishment of ten years imprisonment. The Solicitation of Murder for Hire charge carries a maximum term of imprisonment of five years, and the Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Violent Crime carries a mandatory consecutive sentence of 5 years.
The indictment is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Federal Bureau of Investigation; and the City of Charleston Police Department. Assistant United States Attorneys Nathan Williams and Rhett DeHart of the Charleston office are prosecuting the case.
Mr. Nettles stated that the charges in this Indictment are merely accusations and that the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.