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Grand Jury indictment claims couple kidnapped, killed Heather Elvis

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CONWAY, S.C. - An Horry County Grand Jury formally indicted Tammy and Sidney Moorer in the murder of missing 20-year-old Heather Elvis.

According to court documents, the Grand Jury met at the Horry County Courthouse Thursday and gave its decision.

The indictment claims both Moorers intentionally kidnapped and killed Heather Elvis on December 18, 2013.

Sidney and Tammy were indicted on charges of obstruction of justice, 2 counts of indecent exposure, kidnapping and murder.

At a hearing Monday afternoon, a judge denied bond for the Moorer's.

Judge Steven John said due to the seriousness of the charges, the nature of this case and the potential penalties the defendants face, bond was denied.

Tammy Moorer, 42, and Sidney Moorer, 38, face other charges as well in connection with the case of the missing Myrtle Beach woman who was last heard from December 18. While Horry County Police charged the couple with murder, Elvis' body has not been found.

More News: Full coverage of the disappearance of Heather Elvis

Heather's car was found abandoned at Peachtree Landing along the Waccamaw River on December 19. Horry County Police say they believe Elvis was murdered.

The attorneys representing Sidney and Tammy Moorer - Kirk Truslow and Greg McCollum, respectively - asked the presiding judge to grant a reasonable bond for the couple based on two factors: flight risk and threat to the community.

Greg McCollum, attorney for Tammy Moorer, says his client has a clean criminal record - to the extent that he was unaware of any traffic tickets against the 42-year-old - and has full faith in the justice system. Tammy Moorer is a long-standing native of Horry County, which McCollum noted has led her to start a family and home school her children in the area where she was raised.

McCollum says her family ties, combined with length of residence and past convictions, eliminates reason for Tammy Moorer to be considered a flight risk.

Kirk Truslow, attorney for Sidney Moorer, called the case "extremely circumstantial at best" before the court Monday afternoon. He argued that "nothing point[ed] towards tendency of violence" on his client's behalf.

Sidney Moorer, according to Truslow, was born and raised in Summerville and moved to Horry County in 1997, prior to meeting and marrying Tammy. A maintenance company in businesses for 13 years has led Sidney Moorer to develop ties and execute contracts with several area chain restaurants.

The hearing, which was scheduled for 2 pm and lasted until 3:30 pm, allowed the prosecution to present a PowerPoint to Judge Johns that included multiple elements of evidence not made public until Monday's hearing. The prosecution's presentation outlined communications between the Moorers and Heather Elvis starting as early as November and up until the night heather vanished on December 18.

The prosecution noted a relationship between Sidney Moorer and Heather Elvis blossomed in June 2013 and ended in October when it was discovered by Tammy Moorer. When Tammy Moorer learned of the relationship, she contacted Heather Elvis multiple times, sending explicit photos and messages to Heather, the prosecution said.

The discovery of the relationship between Sidney Moorer and Heather Elvis prompted Tammy Moorer, according to prosecutors, to allegedly go to work with her husband, monitor all cell phone activity and handcuff him.

In court Monday, the prosecutor introduced at least two messages from November:

Nov. 1, 2013

To Heather.. someone's about to get their a-- beat down.. your b--- is about to take his last breath... You can tell me where you are right now or I will find out another way... that way wont have a great turn out for you... I am giving you one last chance to answer before we meet in person.. only one.

To Heather.. I've been having Sidney followed since Jan. 2012.. it's best you call back and speak to me, save yourself. Hey ...... you ready to meet the MRS?

Heather responds...
I think you are a little obsessed with me. I'm nobody you need to worry about anymore.

Nov. 3, 2013

To Heather.. by the way dad no longer owns a phone.

The prosecutor also presented timeline of several phone calls and video that was captured the night/morning that Heather Elvis disappeared from Peachtree Boat Landing.

Here is the timeline that the prosecution presented of Dec. 18:

1:35 am.. phone call from pay phone by Sidney to Heather.. call is 4:53 minutes

1:44 Heather calls (person unidentified) who is in Florida at the time. And says Sidney just called and is leaving Tammy. Heather appears upset because she had been trying to get her life back on track after the affair and the harassment by Tammy. Heather is still at her home when she makes this call. The call lasts 2:20 minutes.

2:29 Heather attempts to call the number Sidney called from which is a pay phone. Several times it does not appear anyone answered.

3:16 am Heather attempts to call Sidney's phone with no response.

3:17 am .. Heather calls Sidney's phone and has a 4:15 minutes conversation with Sidney. Heather is at her home at this point. Sidney is at his home which is approx. 3 miles from the boat landing. After this conversation, Heather gets into her car and drives directly to Peachtree Boat Landing. Sidney also denies this conversation until police confront him with Heather's phone record and then he says he did talk to her but it was just to tell her to quit calling and leave them alone.

3:38 am.. Heather attempts to call Sidney's phone. She has arrived at the boat landing at the time of this call. She attempts to call at 3:39, 3:39:46 and 3:41..

Her phone data ends at that point. 3:41 am.

3:36 am.. A private residence video surveillance captures a vehicle coming from the direction of Sidney's headed towards the boat landing. This camera is 1.7 miles from the Moorer's residence.

3:39 am ... a business video surveillance a mile from the first camera closer to the landing captures this vehicle still proceeding in the direction of the boat landing.

3:45 am.. same business video surveillance captures the vehicle coming from the boat landing headed towards the Moorer residence. The camera is approximately 1.2 miles from the landing.

3:46 am the private residence video surveillance captures the vehicle headed from the boat landing to the Moorer residence.

Also in the bond hearing, the prosecution displayed a message that Tammy Moorer allegedly wrote on Facebook after Heather Elvis disappeared in which she called her husband, Sidney, stupid:

Well Sidney cheated on me in the months of Sept/Oct with a psycho whore who has since went missing and now her crazy daddy is threatening to kill my children and Sidney, therefore making Sidney stupid. (This girl grabbed his business card out of the office at her workplace and had fantasies about him as far back as March, but talked about it in July, naming him!) I don't know of any other word to describe my "husband" at this point. All you have to do is research this girls Twitter (although 4 months of it has gone missing in the past couple of weeks) and her Tumblr to see what a twisted person she truly is.
I could care less seeing that I had a boyfriend of my own for the past couple of years, but when someone brings my children into the scenario it's a whole other story. I will not tolerate anyone hurting my children because my husband banged a hoe 3 times in the backseat of her car and nothing more. I could care less what he screwed around with, but the fact that this jerk is stalking my family is unacceptable.

In his decision to withhold bond, the Judge John said he did so because of the seriousness of the charges, the nature of case and the potential penalty that the defendants face.

The judge also said he was concerned with potential of violence whether caused by defendants or victim's side. Should additional evidence present itself, Judge Johns says bond could be reconsidered.

Also during the hearing, Horry County Police Chief Saundra Rhodes said that her department is committed to keeping resources assigned to the Elvis case and search. She asked the court to deny bond due to flight risk and danger - noting the Moorers have called police over 35 times due to threats made on social media outlets.

Rhodes - with the acknowledgment of Horry County Solicitor Jimmy Richardson - claims the Horry County Police Department has spent hundreds of hours investigating Heather Elvis' disappearance and sifting through evidence.

The Elvis and Moorer families were both present Monday for the emotional bond hearing. Dozens of supporters for each party lined the hallways of the Horry County Government and Justice Center prior to the 2 pm appearance.

Due to the emotion involved in the case, the Horry County Sheriff's Office was put on heightened alert and screened hearing attendees through two separate checkpoints. People wearing t-shirts or pins in support of Monday's hearing were asked to remove pins and turn their shirts inside out. More than 100 people were in attendance - an estimated 2 dozen of those were in support of the Moorers.

A motion filed for a gag order by the Horry County Solicitor's Office was signed off by Judge John early Friday afternoon, limiting further commenting on the missing person's case. The order includes Horry County Solicitor Jimmy Richardson, the Horry County Police Department and the Elvis family, as confirmed with each party respectively.

Additional inclusions could emerge when the gag order is released to the media on Monday. Richardson's office filed the motion in an effort to help keep Sidney and Tammy Moorer's eventual trial in Horry County.

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The married couple charged with murder and kidnapping in the case of Heather Elvis is scheduled to appear in court Monday afternoon for a bond hearing. Tammy Moorer, 42, and Sidney Moorer, 38, will appear before Judge Steven John for a bond hearing in regards to the murder charge.

They face other charges as well in connection with the case of the missing 20-year-old Myrtle Beach woman who was last heard from December 18. While Horry County Police charges the couple with murder, Elvis' body has not been found. Heather's car was found abandoned at Peachtree Landing along the Waccamaw River on December 19. Horry County Police say they believe that's where Elvis was murdered.

Moorer family and supporters are present along with supporters for the Heather Elvis family. Extra security is present for Monday's hearing. People who want to be inside the courtroom have to go through two security checkpoints. There's also bomb sniffing dogs present.

Last month, Tammy Moorer posted bond on the $10,000 obstructing justice charge, but remained in jail.

No bail was set for the kidnapping charges.

Tammy Moorer, is also charged with one count of obstruction of justice, Originally she also faced two counts of indecent exposure, but according to the J. Reuben Long Detention Center, those charges have been disposed.

According to arrest warrants, the Tammy's indecent exposure charges stem from an incident at Broadway at the Beach. The warrant says between December 17th and 18th of 2013, she indecently exposed herself at 1325 Celebrity Circle in Myrtle Beach. The second exposure charge is from between December 17th and 18th at Atlantic Avenue and Century Circle in Conway.

The arrest warrant for her obstructing justice charge says on December 20, 2013 she gave police misinformation regarding the disappearance of Heather Elvis and Sidney Moorer's activities during the early morning hours of December 18, 2013.

His indecent exposure charges come from an incident between December 17th and 18th near Atlantic Avenue and Century Circle in Conway. The arrest warrants state Sidney "willfully, maliciously, and indecently exposed his person in a public place, on property of others, or in the view of someone on the street or highway." The warrant says between December 17th and 18th of 2013, he also indecently exposed himself at 1325 Celebrity Circle in Myrtle Beach.

In the arrest warrant for his obstructing justice charge, police say he gave misinformation to police on December 20, 2013 regarding missing woman Heather Elvis and his whereabouts during the early morning hours of December 18, 2013.

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