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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Carolina

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Wendy Moore and Chris Latham Murder for Hire Convictions Affirmed on Appeal

Contact Person: Nathan S. Williams (843) 727-4381

Columbia, South Carolina ---- The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina stated today that the convictions against Wendy Annette Moore, age 39, and Christopher Austin Latham, age 52, both of Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, were affirmed by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in a published opinion.   The two were convicted following a February 2014 jury trial, where Moore was convicted of Conspiracy and Use of Interstate Facilities in the Commission of Murder for Hire under 18 U.S.C. §§ 1958(a), 1958(b); Solicitation of Murder for Hire under 18 U.S.C. § 373; and Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Crime of Violence under 18 U.S.C. §924(c).  Latham was convicted of a single count of Use of Interstate Facilities in the Commission of Murder for Hire under 18 U.S.C. §§ 1958(a).  Both were sentenced in August, 2014, where Moore was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment and Latham was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.  The written Court of Appeals opinion may be found at

The case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Federal Bureau of Investigations; and the City of Charleston Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorneys Nathan Williams and Rhett DeHart of the Charleston office prosecuted the case and appeal.


Updated February 4, 2016