Wendy Moore's attorney files for sentence downgrade ahead of hearing
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Wendy Moore's attorney on Monday filed for a Booker variance for his client, following the lead of her co-defendant's attorney last week.
According to attorney David Aylor, Moore suffered repeated sexual and physical abuses in her life which left her vulnerable to the whims and wills of dominant male figures in her life. He cites Samuel Yenawine, a man to whom she was married years before in Kentucky and a co-defendant in the case, and Chris Latham.
A psychological evaluation corroborates Aylor's conclusion.
"Moore appears to have internalized an early life experience of abusive relationships. She has repeatedly entered into new ones and been consistently 'unrealistically' loyal to these abusive relationships with a pattern of trying to sustain them with deference and good works," an excerpt of that evaluation reads.
Aylor says Moore does not have a violent criminal history and is not a threat to society, "but for the unusual relationship with Chris Latham."
Moore was convicted of all four counts she was facing and now stands to spend 40 years in prison.
Last week, a filing by Steve Schmutz on Latham's behalf argues that Latham did not organize or instigate the murder-for-hire plot to kill his wife which Schmutz says is proven by the fact his client was not convicted of conspiracy.
The case against Latham and Moore came undone when one of the co-conspirators was stopped in downtown Charleston on drug charges and confessed to police the reason he was in the city.
That man, Aaron Wilkinson, took a plea deal to turn on Latham, Moore, Yenawine and Rachel Palmer.
Moore was convicted on all counts against her. Yenawine hanged himself in a Georgetown County jail cell before the case went to trial. Palmer's attorneys this month filed a request to join the pretrial diversion program. And Wilkinson is serving another sentence in prison, but he was sent back to his home state of Kentucky to be near his family.
The court has one more order before it: to unseal all of the more than 450 documents in the case, most of which are sealed. U.S. Attorneys argue in the filing that the cases against all of the defendants have been resolved.