A St. Simons Island woman accused in a murder-for-hire plot told an undercover officer she thought was a hit man to kill her brother in a way there could be an open-casket funeral, a Glynn County police captain testified Friday.
Capt. Tommy Tindale said at a preliminary hearing in Glynn County Magistrate Court that Karen Abely Latham, 44, also told the officer that the death of her brother, Washington D.C., lawyer James Abely, could be made to look like an accident while he was on his morning jog.
Latham is charged with attempting to commit murder and solicitation to commit murder after allegedly giving the undercover officer $1,500 for expenses and promising to pay another $10,000 for the murder.
Tindale testified that a nearly hour-long conversation between Latham and an undercover officer from the Lowdnes County Valdosta Sheriff’s Office Nov. 7 at Dunkin’ Donuts, 4435 Altama Ave., Brunswick, had been recorded and video taped. At one point in the conversation, Tindale said Latham wrote her brother’s address on a napkin and slid it across a table to the officer.
The officer repeatedly gave Latham opportunities to back out of the deal, Tindale said. “I think he even gave her three or four opportunities,” Tindale testified. “She was adamant she wanted him killed.”