Attorneys representing a Myrtle Beach couple on charges of murder and kidnapping in the disappearance of Heather Elvis will appear next week before a judge in Charleston for a hearing to lift a gag order that has prevented officials associated with the case from speaking about it.
The hearing is set for Wednesday at the Charleston County courthouse before Circuit Court Judge Markley Dennis and the motion to lift the gag order was filed last month by Greg McCollum, who is representing Tammy Moorer in the case.
Attorneys in the case are under a gag order, signed on March 21 by Circuit Court Judge Steven John, which prohibits any prosecutors, defense attorneys or their staffs and members of law enforcement, who have investigated the case, to publicly speak or release documents regarding the case.
Prosecutors also filed a motion asking for the case file to be sealed, but that motion has not been ruled on by a judge.
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Attorneys could not be reached Thursday for comment about the motion and hearing.
Tammy Moorer, 42, and her husband, Sidney Moorer, 39, are each charged with murder and kidnapping in Elvis’ disappearance. The couple were released on $100,000 bail after a hearing last month before Dennis in Charleston.
Conditions of that bond include the couple are ordered to stay five miles away from the home of Heather Elvis’ parents, be electronically monitored and report to court.
The Jan. 30 bond hearing was the third for Tammy Moorer and second such hearing for Sidney Moorer.
Elvis, who was 20 at the time, was reported missing Dec. 19, 2013, 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.
She was last heard from the day before.
On Oct. 20, Myrtle Beach attorney Kirk Truslow, who represents Sidney Moorer, filed a motion with the Horry County Clerk of Court asking prosecutors to produce certain evidence. He also filed a similar motion on Sept. 2. Then in December, Truslow filed his first supplemental motion for discovery.
It was unclear if the motions deal with the same evidence or different evidence.
On Sept. 19, McCollum, Tammy Moorer’s attorney, filed a motion for a speedy trial for the woman.
Prosecutors have scheduled the case for trial to begin May 11.
During the couple’s first bond hearing on March 17, prosecutors pointed to cellphone records and video surveillance to build their case against them. But defense attorneys said the evidence is circumstantial, with no link to tie the couple to Elvis’ disappearance.
The same evidence was pointed out during the January bond hearing for the couple, and prosecutors said they had no direct evidence in the case.
On March 21, and Horry County grand jury indicted the Moorers on the murder and kidnapping charges, according to court records.
The couple also face two counts of indecent exposure and one count of obstructing justice, according to court records.
In June, state officials charged the couple with making a false statement on an application for Medicaid and obtaining a signature or property under false pretenses with a value of $10,000 or more, authorities said.