BofA joins murder-for-hire case to protect data on Latham's computer

Wilkinson, Palmer, Yenawine, and Moore have all been named co-conspirators.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - Bank of America has been granted a protective order in connection to confiscated materials as part of a murder-for-hire investigation into two of its former employees.

According to court documents, Bank of America attorneys filed for a motion to intervene in the federal case against Chris Latham and his secretary and girlfriend Wendy Moore. Federal prosecutors allege Mr. Latham and Moore used Bank of America computers to compile a dossier on Nancy Latham, Chris' wife, and provided that information to the hired killers, Samuel Yenawine and Russell Wilkinson.

Wilkinson's girlfriend, Rachel Palmer, has also been named as a defendant in the case.

According to affidavits filed earlier this month, the packet of information on Mrs. Latham included her travel habits and photos of her house, car, and children.

Because of Mr. Latham's position in the bank and the allegations that he used the bank's property to compile information, Bank of America requested to intervene to protect sensitive information that Mr. Latham had access to, including bank account numbers, social security numbers, and tax identification numbers.

The court approved that request.

As a result, all of the information stored on hard drives taken from Mr. Latham and Moore's computers have to remain in the hands of the defense team and cannot be copied or taken out of the law office's building.

Mr. Latham's attorney, Stephen Schmutz has already filed a motion for discovery on the hard drives.

The inclusion of Bank of America comes as the defendants head back to the courtroom on Aug. 27 for an arraignment hearing. Palmer has waived her right to appear, opting instead to carry over her not guilty plea to this week's arraignment.

Yenawine died in a Georgetown County Detention Center cell in June. Officials there said he hanged himself, but his attorney questioned that finding and suggested he may have been killed.

The case against Yenawine came to light in April during a traffic stop. A federal court filing shows two men from Louisville and a Lowcountry woman were allegedly involved in a plot to kill the state Lottery Commission's treasurer, Mrs. Latham.

The plot fell apart when one of the accused conspirators, 39-year-old Wilkinson, was pulled over by police in a traffic stop. A search of the car Wilkinson was driving revealed a handgun and a box of ammunition, the documents show.