Tammy Moorer’s trial will soon start calling witnesses and Sidney Moorer just might make an appearance.
The trial for Moorer, who, like her husband, is charged in connection to the 2013 disappearance of Heather Elvis, will begin in earnest on Tuesday after pre-trial motions and jury selection wrapped up Monday. The state could call Sidney Moorer, who is also accused in the case, to testify at his wife’s trial.
Tammy Moorer, entered the Horry County courtroom Monday with her three children, is charged with kidnapping and conspiracy to kidnap.
It took more than six hours to seat the seven men and five women jury.
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The cases of Tammy and Sidney Moorer have drawn interest across the country. The duo is accused of kidnapping and conspiracy to kidnap in the case of Elvis — a 20-year-old who vanished Dec. 18, 2013, and has not been found. Her car was discovered at Peachtree boat landing in Socastee.
The state initially charged both Moorers with kidnapping and murder, but prosecutors later dropped the murder charges.
Sidney Moorer went to trial on the kidnapping charge in 2016, but a jury deadlocked. That case has not been retried and remains active. He was found guilty last year 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. The most recent indictments do not name Elvis as the victim, but say the Moorers conspired on the day Elvis disappeared.
Judge Benjamin Culbertson granting a defense pre-trial motion to sequester witnesses, who could now include Sidney Moorer. He is currently in prison at Lee’s Correctional Facility for obstruction of justice in the investigation. The charges of kidnapping and conspiracy remain active against Sidney Moorer.
“The charges are still pending,” Culbertson said. “You’ll have to get his lawyer here, too.”
The defense asked again that the trial be moved to a different venue, but the judge denied the request.
Hannah Strong: 843-444-1765, @HannahLStrong