Tammy Moorer, the woman charged with kidnapping and murder in the Heather Elvis case, was moved this week from the three-cell female wing of the J. Reuben Long Detention Center to the Georgetown County Jail.
Jail director Tom Fox said the move was for Moorer’s safety due to threats made against her husband Sidney before the two went to jail. Sidney Moorer is also charged in the missing 20-year-old’s case.
“The solicitor’s office had requested it, but it’s not out of the realm to separate two co-defendants involved in a case,” Fox said. “We do that periodically, especially if it’s an important case. It’s also for security reasons because of the threat level she had against her in our jail should be reduced when she goes to another jail. The high publicity in Horry County, it will allow her better access to more privileges and more time out.”
Jimmy Richardson, solicitor for the 15th Judicial Circuit, could not be reached for comment Thursday afternoon.
Tammy Moorer, 41, and Sidney St. Clair Moorer, 38, are each charged with murder, kidnapping, indecent exposure and obstruction of justice, related to the disappearance of Elvis. A bond hearing for the couple is scheduled for March 17. Sidney Moorer remains in the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.
Elvis has been missing since Dec. 17. Her car was found abandoned a few days later at Peachtree Landing.
Police have said the Moorers have been suspects in Elvis’ case since the beginning of the investigation. Sidney Moorer has reported to police that he has received threats from unknown people regarding the case. Tammy Moorer has shared video footage of people reportedly on the property of their home. The property is owned by Tammy Moorer’s father, William Caison. The Moorers’ home and property were searched by federal, state and local law enforcement authorities Feb. 21.
Fox confirmed Tammy Moorer had not been directly threatened since she has been incarcerated one week ago.
“We were just acting out of caution based on some of the activities that happened on the outside, when people had approached Sidney and threatened him,” Fox said. “We just thought it was best for everybody to move her out, because we only have a certain number of female housing units we can keep her in.”
Fox said Tammy Moorer would soon be allowed to mix with the general jail population.
“Sooner or later she will have to be introduced back into the population and the solicitor’s office requested separation, so it just makes it easier to put her in another facility,” Fox said.
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