Live updates: Tammy Moorer takes stand in accused kidnapping of Heather Elvis case

Update 5:10 p.m.

Judge Benjamin Culbertson stopped cross examination for the day. Court will resume on Monday.

Update 4:50 p.m.

Tammy Moorer continues to be combative and short with Senior Assistant Prosecutor Nancy Livesay during cross examination. She was being questioned about hostile texts about Heather Elvis.

Tammy Moorer says the text message doesn’t mean she hated Elvis and didn’t mean she would kidnap her.

Update 4:26 p.m.

The state is starting its cross examination of Tammy Moorer after about five hours of testimony.

As her testimony ended, Tammy Moorer said she had nothing to do with Heather Elvis’ disappearance. She also blamed the police for the investigation.

“She deserves to be found, I think they botched her case and didn’t do justice for Heather,” Tammy Moorer said.

Update 3:12 p.m.

Tammy Moorer said Dec. 18 was a normal day and she does not know anything about what happened to Heather Elvis.

Update 2:45 p.m.

Tammy Moorer said she tried to help police since they first contacted her about Heather Elvis’ disappearance.

“When someone is missing I want them to be looked for, not wasting their time on someone who didn’t do [anything],” Tammy Moorer said.

On Dec. 18, Tammy Moorer said she arrived home around 3:10 a.m. and sent her sister a text message. She added she and Sidney remained at home the rest of the morning.

Sidney Moorer was sleeping in the bed next to Tammy Moorer, she said.

“I stayed home till my mom called me about her flat tire the next morning, or next afternoon,” Tammy Moore said.

Update 2:05 p.m.

Tammy Moorer said she was not at Peachtree Landing on Dec. 17 or early Dec. 18. It’s Dec. 18, prosecutors say, Heather Elvis went missing and was last known to be in the Peachtree Landing area.

“I never have. I never did that,” Moorer said, about being on the landing on the dates in question.

Update 1:45 p.m.

Tammy Moorer is back on the stand following a lunch break. She discussed a photo taken on her property that showed a cement mixture bag and some cleaner. Tammy Moorer said nobody, to her knowledge, used cement to help bury a body and the cleaner was not used at a crime scene or to clean their house.

Update 12:10 p.m.

Tammy Moorer said she spoke to Heather Elvis as she learned about the affair between Sidney, her husband, and Elvis. Tammy Moore described Heather Elvis as “a nice girl.”

“Heather told me her and Sidney were really good friends,” Tammy Moorer said.

The judge called for a lunch break around 12:30 p.m. Testimony is expected to resume after an hour. Morgan Elvis, Heather’s sister, quickly left the courtroom the anger splashed on her face. Other members of the Elvis family also left quickly, but showed little emotion.

Original story

Tammy Moorer, who is accused of kidnapping Heather Elvis in 2013, has taken the witness stand on Friday.

Moorer is on trial for conspiracy and kidnapping in Horry County. She started off by talking about her parents and her children.

Shortly after her arrest in 2014, Tammy Moorer says her father died.

“It destroyed my family,” Moorer said.

She then talked about attending the funeral in handcuffs and cried on the witness stand recounting the experience. Tammy Moorer spent a year in jail and was released. She said she stayed in the Horry County area after her release and supporters bought toys, clothes and food for the family.

“We’re so sorry this is happening to you,” Tammy Moorer said supporters told her. “We love your family, let us do this for you.”

Tammy Moorer added there were threats to some supporters, which is why they are scared to be in the courtroom for trial.

Prosecutors initially charged Tammy and Sidney Moorer with kidnapping and murder, but the murder charges were dropped. Sidney Moorer went to trial on the kidnapping charge in 2016, but a jury deadlocked. That case has not been retried and remains active.

Last year, a jury found Sidney Moorer guilty of obstructing the police investigation. Judge R. Markley Dennis, who was appointed to hear the case, sentenced him to 10 years in prison.

In April, a grand jury indicted Sidney and Tammy Moorer on conspiracy to kidnap charges.

Tammy Moorer has maintained her innocence.

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