Feds: Murder-for-hire suspect was living with target's husband - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Feds: Murder-for-hire suspect was living with target's husband

Moore, Yenawine, and Wilkinson. Moore, Yenawine, and Wilkinson.
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

The woman federal investigators have accused of plotting to murder a Charleston-area woman was living with and working for the intended target's estranged husband, court testimony revealed on Thursday.

During a federal preliminary court hearing for 37-year-old Wendy Annette Moore, an ATF agent said Moore had recruited her ex-husband, 38-year-old Samuel Arthur Yenawine, to kill her lover's estranged wife. The murder was set to be carried out last Sunday, one day before the estranged couple was set to appear in family court for divorce proceedings.

Yenawine, who lives in Kentucky, recruited an ex-cell mate, 39-year-old Aaron Wilkinson, to help him with the job, according to investigators.

The target of the plot expressed her shock at seeing photos of her and her family, which investigators said Moore provided gave to Yenawine on Apr. 1.

Agents say the plot fell apart when Wilkinson became concerned for his safety because of Yenawine's actions. Wilkinson told investigators he was able to convince Yenawine that he would carry out the hit himself, but the plot was foiled last Friday after he confessed to Charleston police following his arrest for driving under suspension.

Agents were able to convince Wilkinson to making a recorded phone call to Yenawine. Agents said during the conversation, Yenawine said, "I have no way to communicate [with Moore] because she ain't got no phone…I told her to get rid of that phone." He continued, "You going to make it work right?"

At that point, Wilkinson asked Yenawine if he could "pop" the woman when her children were with her in the car. "I don't give a (expletive)…it will look better," investigators said he answered.

Yenawine then reminded Wilkinson that the car Palmer rented had to be returned by Sunday, according to court documents, which also state he told Wilkinson to get rid of the gun. When Wilkinson said he would throw the gun in the water, investigators said Yenawine answered, "Yeah, I mean why wouldn't you?"

Yenawine then agreed to send Wilkinson about $300, ATF agents said. It is unclear how much money Yenawine and Wilkinson were to be paid.

It is also unknown where that money was coming from.

All three suspects have been charged with conspiracy to use, and use of interstate commerce facilities, in the commission of murder-for-hire and aiding and abetting. Wilkinson and Yenawine are also charged with felon in possession of a firearm.

During Thursday's hearing, the judge ruled there was probable cause for the case to go to trial. The judge also ordered Moore to remain behind bars, saying she was a flight risk.

Moore's close friend and 18-year-old daughter cried as they pleaded with the judge to allow Moore to return home.

Yenawine remains behind bars in the Oldham County Detention Center, located in the Louisville area.

Copyright 2013 WCSC.  All rights reserved.

  • South Carolina news on WIStv.comNEWSMore>>

  • Indictment of Missouri governor could have political ripples

    Indictment of Missouri governor could have political ripples

    Saturday, February 24 2018 9:15 AM EST2018-02-24 14:15:50 GMT
    Saturday, February 24 2018 1:17 PM EST2018-02-24 18:17:31 GMT
    It didn't take long after Greitens was indicted for alleged invasion of privacy for Missouri Democrats to tie him to Attorney General Josh Hawley. (Source: AP Photos)It didn't take long after Greitens was indicted for alleged invasion of privacy for Missouri Democrats to tie him to Attorney General Josh Hawley. (Source: AP Photos)

    The indictment of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on felony invasion of privacy charges could have political implications beyond his office.

    More >>

    The indictment of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on felony invasion of privacy charges could have political implications beyond his office.

    More >>
  • After years of dejection, proponents of gun laws see hope

    After years of dejection, proponents of gun laws see hope

    Saturday, February 24 2018 10:35 AM EST2018-02-24 15:35:23 GMT
    Saturday, February 24 2018 1:17 PM EST2018-02-24 18:17:07 GMT
    The progression has become numbingly repetitive - mass bloodshed unleashed by a gunman, followed by the stories of the fallen, the funerals and mourning. (Source: AP Photos)The progression has become numbingly repetitive - mass bloodshed unleashed by a gunman, followed by the stories of the fallen, the funerals and mourning. (Source: AP Photos)

    "Our kids have started a revolution:" Teens' activism after Florida school shooting has some hopeful for action on gun policy.

    More >>

    "Our kids have started a revolution:" Teens' activism after Florida school shooting has some hopeful for action on gun policy.

    More >>
  • Coroner identifies victim in motorcycle crash as 31-year-old Gaston man

    Coroner identifies victim in motorcycle crash as 31-year-old Gaston man

    Saturday, February 24 2018 1:17 PM EST2018-02-24 18:17:18 GMT
    (Source: WIS)(Source: WIS)

    One person is dead after a motorcycle crash in Lexington County early Saturday morning.

    More >>

    One person is dead after a motorcycle crash in Lexington County early Saturday morning.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly