Judge to reconsider bond for Heather Elvis murder suspect

akelley@thesunnews.comMay 7, 2014 

Tammy and Sidney Moorer enter the courtroom where they were denied bond at the Horry County Courthouse in Conway on Monday, March 17, 2014. The Moorers are charged with murder, kidnapping, indecent exposure and obstruction of justice. The Moorers charges are part of the Heather Elvis case. Heather Elvis was last seen Dec. 17 and last heard from in the early morning of Dec. 18. Her car was found at Peachtree Landing. The landing is less than four miles from the Moorer home. Photo by Janet Blackmon Morgan / jblackmon@thesunnews.com

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

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

Tammy Moorer, 42, and her husband Sidney Moorer,38, are both charged with murder, kidnapping, obstruction of justice and two counts of indecent exposure related to Elvis. A second bond hearing has not been requested by attorneys for Sidney Moorer.

Circuit Court Judge Steven John denied bond for both Moorers during their initial hearing on March 17. On March 21, the couple was indicted on the charges by an Horry County grand jury, which met the day before, according to court records. That day, 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 publically 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.

Heather 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 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.

Contact AMANDA KELLEY at 626-0381, or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_akelley.

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