Testimony shows search records for Moore, Latham at BofA

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - After a three-day weekend, jurors heard from computer investigators at Bank of America and the man who sold one of the alleged co-conspirators a motel room in North Charleston.

Prosecutors tried to show that Wendy Moore was using company equipment to research the hit on Nancy Latham.

One of the BofA investigators, Doug Bright, said he was called in on April 11 to look at the case being built against ex-regional vice president Chris Latham and his secretary and girlfriend, Moore.

According to Bright, he gathers information on computer and phone usage and hands that information to FBI and ATF agents. For Moore and Mr. Latham, he provided call data between the couple, as well as swipe card records and activity on web and bank accounts.

Bright told the court that he was asked to look for two things: activity that would corroborate Moore's arrest and a romantic relationship between Moore and Latham.

The other BofA investigator, Robert Lang, goes through emails, computer logs, IP addresses, and server data that will show what any one user did on a company computer.

Lang was asked about searches made on Moore's computer; he found several from April 1, 2013, including motels in North Charleston and information about Music Farm.

Lang said search records from Mr. Latham's computer show results for Wando Theater and Jake Hartwell, the College of Charleston student living with Mrs. Latham and her daughter. Lang said searches for maps of Music Farm match data found on the printouts of maps for Mrs. Latham's home in Dunes West, showing that the same computer was used for both searches.

Lang said that Moore's physical computer was never recovered, but he was able to use server logs to recover information from it.

According to Lang, someone logged into the VPN system with Moore's credentials on April 8 - three days after Moore has turned herself over to authorities. He said the only assumption was that someone else was using her information to log into the system.

The court also heard from a pair of Mr. Latham's and Moore's coworkers.

Ashley Gaston worked in the same office with Moore and Mr. Latham and said she saw Moore almost every day.

Gaston told the jury Tuesday that Moore had all of Mr. Latham's corporate passwords so that she could access information for him when he was on the road.

She said Mr. Latham was also very open about his divorce with the office, saying the two of them made it seem like Mrs. Latham had made physical threats against Moore and had been interacting with one of Moore's ex-husbands, Matt Robinson.

But Gaston said Mr. Latham said very clearly that Moore had nothing to do with what was going on in his personal life and denied ever having a relationship with her.

Gaston said Moore was worried about the amount of money that Mrs. Latham was spending and was also concerned that Mrs. Latham and her step-brother, John Hall, had set up the murder-for-hire plot.

Mr. Latham was not the only Latham to air out their divorce grievances in public - Mrs. Latham said she told a friend about the divorce and her ex-husband's affair at a Bank of America branch in Mount Pleasant's Town Center.

She testified Tuesday that her photo was passed around the 200 Meeting Street location and she was ultimately banned from entering the downtown Charleston branch where her ex-husband worked.

Mrs. Latham also said Mr. Latham told Anita Zucker, one of his biggest clients, that she had been cheating on him with another man. She went on to say that Zucker called her to see if the story was true.

Yet, Mrs. Latham said Tuesday that the divorce filing from her ex-husband came three months after she had filed, but listed the cause of filing as adultery. Mrs. Latham told the jury she had once kissed another man in 2006, but apologized for it.

When Moore was taken into custody, Gaston said Moore sent all of Mr. Latham's passwords to the office so they would have access to his information. Gaston also told the court Moore left her position at the bank to find a better job.

BofA's current regional vice president defined himself as a good friend of Mr. Latham's, but said the two never discussed an improper relationship with Moore.

Paul Tripp testified that Latham did once say he had never been involved with Moore. He also said the North Charleston motel room where Samuel Yenawine stayed was paid for in cash by Moore because she wanted him to see their children but not create a problem at her home.

The motel's manager, who had testified earlier in the day, confirmed that Moore had paid for the room in cash. He was able to link her to the room by her driver's license, he told the court.

Yenawine was Moore's first ex-husband and one of the men accused in the murder-for-hire plot. He was found hanged in a Georgetown jail cell shortly after his arrest.

Medical examiners ruled his death a homicide, a ruling his attorney argued was false.

Tripp also told the story of the lug nuts on Mr. Latham's car. According to Tripp, Latham was supposed to go on a trip, but he went outside to find several lug nuts on his wheels had been loosened. Tripp testified that Mr. Latham thought Hall had done it, but lacked any evidence.


A game of chicken

The day's proceedings started with Mrs. Latham on the stand again, telling the court she had been through a dozen hearings and at least 20 meetings with United States attorneys after the murder-for-hire plot came to light.

She told the court this was not the first woman named Wendy to be introduced into the couple's rocky marriage. She said there was a Wendy Cobb with whom Mr. Latham was involved both professionally and romantically.

Information about Cobb had been redacted in BofA court filings.

Mrs. Latham told the jury Tuesday morning that she did not know a GPS tracking unit had been placed on her ex-husband's car until after it had been installed. She said the decision to put it there was done by Hall and her attorneys, and installed by Phoenix Investigations.

Twice she said her step-brother showed up in Atlanta at the same time as Mr. Latham, but stressed that he was never sent to follow her ex, it was just a coincidence he was there.

According to Mrs. Latham, the trespassing fight on Sullivan's Island came after she showed up at Mr. Latham's house to take pictures of Moore's car. She told the jury that when she showed up, she stayed off the property but took the photos, and that led to a screaming match with her then-husband.

She said she never showed up to any of the court appearances because her attorney at the time, who was also her sister-in-law, said Mrs. Latham did not need to show up at court because the matter was being handled.

It turned out the judge was upset with her for failing to respond to the summons, Mrs. Latham said.

Mr. Latham controlled the money in the household, Mrs. Latham said.

She said even after she was diagnosed with cancer in 2008, Mr. Latham canceled her life insurance policy.

She said the two warring parties turned the divorce proceedings into a game of chicken, threatening to ruin each other by releasing information about the divorce. However, she admitted in testimony that Mr. Latham's employment guaranteed her alimony payments.

Mrs. Latham said she even installed tracking software on the home computer at one point to see what he was doing.

In the end, the two split and on the heels of the divorce, Mr. Latham canceled all the joint credit cards, revoked her access to bank accounts. He left their home and he left a $400 check on the refrigerator, telling her that would be enough to get her through the Christmas holiday. {}

The murder-for-hire saga began last April when another alleged co-conspirator, Aaron Wilkinson, was arrested trying to buy heroin in downtown Charleston. When he was taken into custody, he told investigators about a plot to kill the wife of a local banker that implicated his former cellmate in prison - Yenawine - as well his ex-wife and current girlfriend.

The case has cost Mr. Latham his job and, for the last few months, his freedom as he's spent his time in a jail cell in Charleston County.{}