Jury hears jail phone recordings between Chris Latham and Wendy Moore, accused in murder-for-hire plot

A federal jury heard recorded phone calls from the Charleston County jail between Chris Latham and his former Bank of America assistant and girlfriend, Wendy Moore, during their trial Wednesday.

The calls were recorded after Moore, 37, was arrested but before Chris Latham, 51, was arrested and charged in the alleged murder-for-hire plot targeting his estranged wife, Nancy, in April 2013.

The two are accused of orchestrating a hit against Nancy Latham, who now goes by Cannon since her divorce to Chris Latham.

Moore and Chris Latham are facing trial, which began last week in Charleston.

Also charged in the case are Moore's ex-husband and the alleged hitman, Samuel Yenawine, 38, of Louisville, Ky., who committed suicide while jailed in June 2012, and Aaron Wilkinson, 40, of Louisville, who pleaded guilty last month to aiding and abetting murder-for-hire.

Before presenting the recorded phone calls, prosecutors questioned FBI Special Agent Joseph Hamski, who told the jury Chris Latham's parents had paid for Wendy Moore's attorney, David Aylor, and Moore's parents paid for Yenawine's attorney, Bill Butler, of Louisville.

In one excerpted jail phone recording from May, Chris Latham tells Moore to hang tight as they try to get through it all.

"I'm just trying to put the pieces together and I will. I'm good at that. I've done that my whole life," Latham said.

The pair are heard speaking about money and Moore's parents, although much of the conversation sounds as if the two were speaking in code.

"I'm going to listen to more bluegrass music after this," Latham told Moore in the phone call.

In another phone call after Butler was hired, Chris Latham tells Moore bluegrass needs another "Benjamin."

Nancy and Chris Latham were in the middle of a contentious divorce and prosecutors have said money was Chris Latham's motive.

Defense attorneys have said Chris Latham didn't have a motive because he didn't stand to lose much money in the divorce. Moore's attorneys have said her phone calls to Yenawine, that were presented by the prosecution, were about their three children.

The trial is expected to continue through this week and into next week.

Reach Natalie Caula Hauff at 937-5594 or Twitter.com/ncaula.

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