Crime

Tammy Moorer also files for bond reconsideration in Heather Elvis case

Sidney Moorer, left, and Tammy Moorer
Sidney Moorer, left, and Tammy Moorer

A Myrtle Beach woman, who is charged with murder and kidnapping in the disappearance of Heather Elvis, will join her husband Thursday for a bond reconsideration motion hearing in Charleston, according to the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

On Friday, notice was given that Sidney Moorer would have a bond hearing at 9:30 a.m. Thursday before Circuit Court Judge Markley Dennis.

Solicitor Jimmy Richardson confirmed Wednesday that Tammy Moorer will join her husband during that hearing for reconsideration of her bond. He said she had recently asked to be included in the hearing, so Dennis will consider her motion as well.

It is unclear what prompted the motion by defense attorneys for the bond modification hearing.

Sidney Moorer, 39, and his 43-year-old wife, Tammy Moorer, were each charged with murder and kidnapping by Horry County police in February 2014 in connection with Elvis’ disappearance. The couple were each released in January on $100,000 bail following a hearing before Dennis in Charleston.

Conditions of the couple’s bail include that they stay five miles away from the home of Heather Elvis’ parents, be electronically monitored and report to court. Those conditions are still in effect.

The Jan. 30, 2015, bond hearing was the third for Tammy Moorer and second such hearing for Sidney Moorer.

In March, officials announced the trial for the couple, which was previously scheduled for May, had been continued. Another trial date has not been set for the couple on the charges.

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.

During a March 17, 2014, bond hearing for the couple, prosecutors pointed to cellphone records and video surveillance to build their case against the couple. But defense attorneys said the evidence is circumstantial, with no link to tie the couple to Elvis’ disappearance.

Circuit Court Judge Steven John denied to set bond for the couple on the charges of murder and kidnapping during that hearing.

On March 21, 2014, an Horry County grand jury indicted the Moorers on the murder and kidnapping charges, according to court records. Also on that day, Circuit Court Judge Steven John issued a gag order, which prohibits any prosecutors, defense attorneys or their staffs and members of law enforcement, who have investigated the case, to speak publicly or release documents regarding the case.

The couple also face two counts of indecent exposure and one count of obstructing justice, according to court records.

In June 2014, 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.

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