Lawyer: ATF agents seized guns today from banker Christopher Latham’s Sullivan’s Island home

File: Nancy and Christopher Latham are in the midst of a bitter divorce battle. (Photo by Leigh Webber.)


Federal agents removed guns from the Sullivan’s Island home of banker Christopher Latham today in connection with a protective order issued to his estranged wife, according to one of her attorneys.

Federal officials informed Nancy Latham, the target of a recent murder-for-hire plot, that Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents removed the guns from her husband’s house this morning, her attorney, Matthew Yelverton, said.

Federal officials would not confirm the action.

Stephen Schmutz, an attorney for Chris Latham, disputed the account, saying his client had simply transferred the guns to a friend at the request of the ATF.

“There was no seizure, he said.

Nancy Latham, a Mount Pleasant real estate agent who also is treasurer of the S.C. Education Lottery Commission, cited the alleged murder plot in a recent motion seeking a protective order against her husband from the Charleston County Family Court. In the motion and in a civil lawsuit, she has accused him of being involved in a plan to kill her, though he hasn’t been charged with a crime.

She and her husband, who filed a competing request for a protective order, reached an agreement this week with measures designed to bar the couple from communicating with or harassing one another. Under the agreement, Chris Latham consented to his wife’s request for an order of protection.

His divorce attorney, Robert Rosen, said at the time that the consent order did not address her request to bar Chris Latham from keeping his guns, and that she had abandoned her efforts to remove them from his possession.

Yelverton, however, said that was inaccurate, and that ATF reportedly seized the guns based on a federal statute directly related to the order of protection granted to Nancy Latham.

“I think it is irresponsible for lawyers to argue their cases in the press, and if they’re going to do that, they better make sure they’re right,” he said.

Rosen said his statements were correct and he questioned why a lawyer who held a press conference to announce a civil suit related to the case would accuse him of grandstanding in the media.

Four people have been charged in connection with the plot to kill Nancy Latham, which came to light after one of the defendants revealed the scheme to Charleston police during a traffic stop last month.

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