Louisville man acquitted on arson charges arrested for murder for hire plot

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by Brittany Gonzalez

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 13, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Updated Sunday, Apr 14 at 5:41 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A Louisville man once charged with murder and acquitted on felony arson charges is back behind bars after he was involved in a murder for hire plot to kill a South Carolina woman.

According to court documents Samuel Yenawine and his ex-wife Wendy Moore schemed together to kill Nancy Latham for $35,000. Latham is in the process of divorcing her husband who is reportedly  Moore’s lover.

Court documents revealed how Yenawine brought Aaron Wilkinson into the plot. Yenawine and Wilkinson met while behind bars. Yenawine was charged with stabbing and killing Brian Tinnell in 2001 and setting Tinnell’s apartment on fire on Mellwood avenue.  Yenawine was not convicted on the murder charge but was found guilty of arson in 2003 and sentenced to life in prison until he was acquitted due to an error during trial.

According to the affidavit, Yenawine offered to pay Wilkinson $5,000 to be the watchdog. The affidavit also describes how Moore gave Yenawine thousands of dollars and prescription pills to make Latham’s murder appear accidental. On April 5th officers pulled over Wilkinson and found a .32 revolver and ammunition in the car he was driving with his wife. Wilkinson was arrested on the spot and he later confessed to police the plans to kill Latham.

Yenawine, Moore, and Wilkinson all face conspiracy to commit murder charges, and aiding and abetting. The men also face possession of a firearm by a convicted felon charges.
 

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