HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The attorneys of Tammy Caison Moorer, one of the two accused of the kidnapping and murder of an Horry County woman missing since December 2013, have filed a motion for a speedy trial.
The three-page motion filed by Moorer's attorneys on September 19 requests a hearing within 10 days for a judge to hear arguments for a speed trial, and for the judge to set a date for a jury trial.
The motion cites the right to a speedy trial in both the U.S. and South Carolina constitutions, stating the guarantee is afforded to every defendant to minimize lengthy incarceration of the accused prior to trial.
The motion concludes: "Based on the aforementioned authorities and given the prejudicial effects that Defendant may encounter considering the increased media surrounding Defendant's case, Defendant hereby invokes all of her speed trial right as guaranteed by both the United States and South Carolina Constitutions. Such request is made in an effort to avoid these negative effects."
Solicitor Jimmy Richardson says he expects the trial to begin this winter, sometime between December and February.
On September 5, the attorney for Sidney Moorer, Tammy Moorer's husband and the other person accused in this case, requested evidence from the state. Kirk Truslow filed the motion for a judge to move an order "compelling the state to produce evidence," the document states.
Heather Elvis, 21, went missing in December 2013. In February, Sidney and Tammy Moorer were arrested at their Horry County home and charged for allegedly kidnapping and murdering Heather Elvis. Bond was denied for both of them, and they have remained incarcerated since. In March, Judge Steven John signed a gag order in the case, preventing attorneys and other involves parties from releasing information to the media, or discussing the case.
Click here for a timeline of events leading up to the arrests of the Moorers: