Records outline computer, cell activity week before hit package found
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - An FBI special agent on Wednesdaytied Chris Latham and Wendy Moore's online activity at Bank of America toinformation in an alleged hit package that targeted Latham's ex-wife.
The jury learned Wednesday that the origins for 10 out ofthe 11 items in the alleged hit package had been determined by FBI investigators.
Special Agent Joseph Hamski investigates cases of publiccorruption and analyzes data found on phones and computers and in bank records,he told the jury. In the case against Moore and Mr. Latham, the agent said hestudied three of Mr. Latham's phones, two of Moore's phones, and a pair ofphones each from Samuel Yenawine and Aaron Wilkinson, two other men named inthe murder-for-hire case.
Hamski said he was not able to recover the disposable phoneMoore used, however.
Attorneys first asked the agent about the proxy logs onMoore's computer and he walks the court through Moore's day by the logs.
On April 1, 2013 at 9:20 a.m., Moore starts searching forthe South Carolina Lottery Commission and North Charleston motels. Thirtyminutes later, surveillance cameras capture her white Dodge Durango at theEconoLodge in North Charleston where she purchased a room in cash.
That's the room where Yenawine and Wilkinson spent theirtime, investigators say.
At 11:58 a.m., Moore is back at work and searching for NancyLatham on the Lottery Commission website, the agent testified Wednesday.
Hamski goes on to say that at 2:38 p.m., Moore visited the realestate website hotpads.com and used Mrs. Latham's Dunes West address as asearch term. Ten minutes later, two photos of the home were printed.
At 3:12 p.m., the agent said records show that Moore createda Microsoft Word document of details about Mrs. Latham and her family.
The FBI agent told the court that the photos printed andinformation from the Microsoft Word document were found in the hit packagerecovered in North Charleston about a week later.
Attorneys then turned their attention to Mr. Latham's proxyrecords.
Hamski told the court that on Feb. 27, 2013, Mr. Lathamsearched hotpads.com for his ex-wife's Dunes West home. He then pasted thatsearch RUL into an email and sent it to himself. Then he deleted the email, theagent said.
On April 1 at 12:27 p.m., Latham searches Google forinformation about College of Charleston. A minute later, Hamski told the jurythat the search was expanded to include Jake Hartwell and included terms likeWando Theater Boosters, CofC and Jake, and Wando and Jake.
Hamski said the information on the search results matchesinformation found in the hit package.
Hartwell is a College student staying with the Latham women.Mrs. Latham promised Hartwell's mother she would care for him in her death.
According to the FBI agent, a few minutes later Mr. Lathamprinted five maps, including one of Music Farm that contains computerinformation tied to Mr. Latham's computer found in the hit package.
Prosecutors then turned their attention to VPN records thatcame from the home where Mr. Latham and Moore were living at the time. Hamski corroboratedTuesday's testimony that Moore's credentials were used to access Bank ofAmerica servers three days after she was taken into custody in themurder-for-hire case.
The VPN access originated from their shared home, Hamski said.
Prosecutors then focused on Mr. Latham's iPhone and twopictures that had been recovered from the device. According to the FBI agent,the photos were taken in Mrs. Latham's driveway a week before the hit packagewas found.
All of the data on the phone had been deleted after thephotos were taken, Hamski said, but because of the way Apple and cell carriersstore information, it was all able to be recovered.
Prosecutors also showed the court a lot of graphs andPowerPoints showing call frequency between Yenawine and Wilkinson. According tothe data, the calls were sporadic until the last week of March when they reallyramped up. There were 19 calls and texts per day between the two between March30 and April 2.
Then Wilkinson went silent for a full day around March 31and returned a day later.
On Wilkinson's phone, FBI investigators found searches forthe EconoLodge and five pictures of oysters. As the court heard earlier in theweek, Wilkinson and Yenawine went to a seafood restaurant one night on Sullivan'sIsland.
On Mr. Latham's phone, agents found he sent Moore's calls tovoicemail on April 3, just a day after the trespass hearing on Sullivan'sIsland, but she eventually contacted him on a different phone.
The FBI agent also said they found searches for Mrs.Latham's father in Conway; Hamski surmised that Mr. Latham was looking for anaddress.
Following the money
Before breaking for lunch, prosecutors asked the FBI agentto help them track down where the $5,000 came from that went to Yenawine andWilkinson.
Hamski again told the court about the three wire transfers,explaining that Moore got a transfer for $3,000, another for $1,150, and athird for $850. The smallest transfer came under the alias Kate Morgan.
Hamski told jurors that they dug into Moore's financial recordsand found that on Feb. 15, 2013, she got a payroll deposit of $3,600, butultimately concluded through account activity that she did not use that moneyto pay Yenawine the $5,000.
Prosecutors also walked the court through the particulars ofMr. Latham's account, showing that he often kept huge balances on his accountin excess of $40,000. At one point, he had more than $80,000 in his bankaccount.
However, that all started to change on April 9 when he beganmaking wire transfers to Bill Lemacks, a close friend. Two days later, recordsshow Mr. Latham asked for a $100,000 line of credit and was approved; that wasthen turned over to Lemacks, Hamski showed in court.
Records also show an $80,000 mobile transfer to Lemacks fromMr. Latham's account that was payed to attorney David Aylor to retain hisservices for Moore. Mr. Latham's parents paid another $80,000 for legalservices.
Hamski also showed that Moore's parents sent a total of$50,000 to Yenawine for legal services after he was arrested.
Money has been at the center of the Lathams' battle and themurder-for-hire plot.
Wilkinson testified last week that he and Yenawine stood tomake $30,000 if they could make Mrs. Latham's death look like an accident, or$20,000 if they shot her.
Investigators have argued that money was a huge motivationfactor for Mr. Latham, who stood to lose a $650,000 salary at Bank of Americaif his relationship with Moore was made public. But he stood to lose as much as$12,000 per month in alimony and child support.
Wilkinson said he and Yenawine received $5,000 each up frontfrom Moore when they met at the EconoLodge, but so far investigators have nottied that money to an account belonging to Moore or Mr. Latham.