Judge Hyman defers to Judge John in newspaper suit seeking documents in Heather Elvis case

Circuit Court Judge Larry Hyman said Wednesday he could not rule on motions from area newspapers regarding the release of court documents related to the disappearance of 20-year-old Heather Elvis.

Hyman referred the case to Circuit Court Judge Steven John, who issued a gag order in the case of Sidney Moorer and Tammy Moorer. The couple are each charged in connection with Elvis’ disappearance and face murder and kidnapping charges in the case.

Hyman did allow The Sun News to join the filing with Waccamaw Publishers to seek the search warrant returns in the Moorer case from Magistrate Arron Butler, who said releasing the information “could jeopardize the ongoing investigation.”

The Sun News requested the information from Horry County and also was denied.

It is unclear when a hearing before John will be scheduled.