Staff report

Two defendants in the Nancy Latham murder-for-hire case appeared in federal court Tuesday, and not-guilty pleas were entered on their behalf.

A federal grand jury this month indicted former banker Chris Latham, 50, in connection with the alleged plot to kill his wife. Adding him to the case required a new superseding indictment, resulting in new arraignments for his co-defendants as well.

Wendy Moore, Latham’s live-in girlfriend and former assistant at Bank of America, appeared in U.S. District Court in Charleston, along with Russell Wilkinson, 39, of Louisville, Ky. Rachel Palmer, 36, of Louisville was scheduled for an afternoon appearance, but details were not immediately available.

Moore and Wilkinson appeared in striped jail jumpsuits and answered only brief yes-or-no questions from a magistrate judge.

Wilkinson, whose impromptu, roadside confession exposed the alleged plot in April, recently underwent a psychiatric evaluation to see if he is competent to stand trial. The results of that exam are sealed, and the matter was not discussed in Tuesday’s hearing.

Wilkinson’s attorney, Cameron Blazer, told the judge that Wilkinson wants to have a status conference to discuss his legal representation. No date for that proceeding was scheduled.

Chris Latham and his wife, a Mount Pleasant real estate agent and state lottery official, were nearing a final hearing in their contentious divorce case when the alleged plot came to light. Also charged was 38-year-old Samuel Yenawine of Louisville, but he committed suicide by hanging in the Georgetown County jail in June. Yenawine was Moore’s ex-husband, Palmer’s boyfriend and Wilkinson’s former cell mate.