MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - WMBF News attorneys have requested a bench hearing in response to the trespassing charge filed against WMBF News Anchor Michael Maely.
The date is tentatively set for Wednesday, May 14.
"We stand behind Michael's reporting on this story that has affected the community. We are confident that will be proven as the case goes through the judicial system," said WMBF News Director Sarah Miles.
Maely was charged with trespassing after attempting to get a comment from the parents of Tammy Moorer, the woman charged with kidnapping and murdering 20-year-old Heather Elvis.
According to a court summons from the State of South Carolina, on February 27, Maely entered the land of Tammy's father William Caison, located on the 8700 block of Highway 814 in Myrtle Beach. The Horry County Police report states there are about 100 "no trespassing" signs around Caison's property.
Maely was reaching out to Tammy Moorer's family in an attempt to get a comment regarding the allegations against her, and the claims made by a relative of hers in a WMBF News interview.
In video captured from public property near Caison's home, Michael can be seen asking a woman: "Hi there, with WMBF News, can we talk to you about your daughter Tammy, or your sister Tammy?"
The woman is seen taking pictures of Maely and using an obscene gesture. The trip ended with a call to police, and Maely left the property.
According to the police report, Caison told police that after being told to leave the property, Maely attempted to force the door open. Maely told police that he did not come within eight feet of Caison's door.
The court summons states that Maely "did not immediately leave the property and remained near the door of the residence in an attempt to interview the occupants for a news story."
This is not the first time police have been involved in a dispute on Caison's property.
Tammy's husband Sidney Moorer, also charged for the kidnapping and murder of Heather Elvis, was arrested in 2011 for assault along with Caison. These charges stem from an incident involving their neighbor Edward Miller over a property dispute. That neighbor says he still fears for his safety after repeated threats from Caison.
Jennifer Garrett also filed an assault report against William Caison on January 19, 2014. She said she was helping search for Heather Elvis near William Caison's property in January when he rushed toward her.
"He raised a stick and was very close to me and said 'I'm going to - I don't care if you're a woman - I'm going to bash your "blanking" head in,'" Garrett said.
Read and watch the latest reports on the Heather Elvis case and other missing persons cases in our area on our Missing Persons page: