A Charleston woman convicted of a murder-for-hire plot targeting her boyfriend's estranged wife is asking for a new trial and acquittal, according to court records.
Wendy Annette Moore, 38, was found guilty by a Charleston jury in February of all four counts against her. She was convicted of use of interstate commerce facilities in a commission of murder-for-hire, conspiracy to use interstate commerce facilities in a commission of a murder-for-hire, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence and solicitation to commit murder-for-hire.
Moore's attorney, David Aylor, filed the requests for a new trial and acquittal Wednesday.
Aylor said the requests are common and a necessary part of the process.
"It's the duty of an attorney to be a zealous advocate for their client's rights throughout all stages of a case," Aylor said. "We are optimistic about the motion as a whole based upon recent case law."
Moore faces a potential maximum of 30 years in prison, if the sentences for the charges run consecutively. Her sentencing hearing has not been scheduled.
Prosecutors said Moore schemed to have Nancy Cannon, a South Carolina Lottery commissioner, killed in April 2013.
At the time, Cannon was estranged from her husband, Christopher Latham, Moore's boyfriend and boss at a Charleston bank. The Lathams were in the middle of a contentious divorce, according to prosecutors.
Latham, 51, of Sullivan's Island also was convicted during the trial of one count of aiding and abetting murder-for-hire.
Latham's attorney, Steve Schmutz, filed a request for acquittal and a new trial earlier this week.
Prosecutors will file responses to those requests before a judge rules.
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