Sidney Moorer

Sidney Moorer, right, was back in an Horry County courtroom Friday, when pre-trial motions were heard in relation to his upcoming kidnapping trial.

Sidney Moorer’s second kidnapping trial is set for September and will take place in Horry County.

Judge Markley Dennis overturned his prior decision that ruled the retrial would happen in Georgetown County.

The case was discussed Friday at the Horry County Government and Justice Center in Conway, where pre-trial motions were heard.

Sidney Moorer and his wife Tammy Moorer were charged in connection with the disappearance of Heather Elvis, who hasn’t been seen nor heard from since Dec. 18, 2013.

The Moorers were each initially charged with murder, but those charges were later dropped.

Tammy Moorer was convicted on kidnapping and conspiracy charges and sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Sidney Moorer’s trial for kidnapping in 2016 ended in a mistrial with a deadlocked jury. He was later convicted of obstructing the police investigation and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

The judge and prosecutors pointed out Sidney Moorer’s obstruction trial and Tammy Moorer’s kidnapping trial were both held in Conway with Horry County juries.

A questionnaire will be sent out to possible jurors for the retrial. Also, no restrictions were set regarding discovery.

Additionally, Markley ruled that a contempt hearing for the Moorers' attorney Eric Poston will take place at a later date. Poston has been accused of violating the gag order in the case.

He told WMBF he will file a civil lawsuit in federal court against the Horry County Police Department, individual officers, Facebook and Elvis' father Terry, claiming there was a coordinated effort to harass the Moorers. Brought up Friday was a statement Poston made that declared Sidney Moorer is innocent.

Elvis' family said they were pleased with the judge's decisions and how he expressed his sympathy to them. They still search for answers on how Elvis disappeared.

"It's been five-and-a-half years," Terry Elvis said. "Three more months? It'll go by fast."

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dakota2013

The whole trial has been a circus!!

uncgirlmb

I thought I read that the gag orders had already been lifted.

Viraj Naik Staff
Viraj Naik

It hasn't been lifted in the Sidney Moorer case.

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