Crime

May 7, 2014

Judge to reconsider bond for Heather Elvis murder suspect

A Circuit Court judge will reconsider bond for one suspect accused of murder and kidnapping in the disappearance of 20-year-old Heather Elvis.

A Circuit Court judge will reconsider bond for one suspect accused of murder and kidnapping in the disappearance of 20-year-old Heather Elvis.

Horry County Solicitor Jimmy Richardson said a second bond hearing for Tammy Moorer will be held on May 23.

Tammy Moorer, 42, and her husband Sidney Moorer, 38, are charged with murder, kidnapping, obstruction of justice and two counts of indecent exposure in connection with Elvis, who hasn’t been seen since December. Lawyers for Sidney Moorer have not requested a second bond hearing.

Circuit Court Judge Steven John denied bond for the Moorers during their initial hearing on March 17.

On March 21, an Horry County grand jury indicted the couple on the charges, according to court records. A day earlier, John also signed a gag order, which prohibits any prosecutors, defense attorneys or their staffs, and members of law enforcement who have investigated the case to publicly speak about it.

The four-page gag order keeps any person officially involved with the case – including attorneys and police – from publicly commenting or releasing any documents unless John has approved the release beforehand, according to the document.

Elvis was last seen the night of Dec. 17 and last heard from early Dec. 18, according to authorities. She was reported missing Dec. 19 after Horry County police found her car, which was registered to her father, parked at the Peachtree boat landing. Elvis’ keys, cellphone and purse were not found in the locked car and she remains missing.

Police charged the Moorers with murder and kidnapping on Feb. 24 in connection with Elvis’ death.

During the initial bond hearing, prosecutors pointed to cellphone records and video surveillance to build their case against the couple. Defense attorneys said the evidence is circumstantial with no link to tie the couple to Elvis’ disappearance.

Tammy Moorer is being held at the Georgetown County Detention Center, while Sidney Moorer is being held at J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

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