State says Elvis case will not be affected by suspects' release - WMBFNews.com, Myrtle Beach/Florence SC, Weather

State says Heather Elvis case will not be affected by suspects' release

Sidney Moorer walks out of J. Reuben Long Detention Center Monday afternoon. Sidney Moorer walks out of J. Reuben Long Detention Center Monday afternoon.
"I know the family was upset, but, again, it was a possibility and it happened," said Horry County Solicitor Jimmy Richardson on the Moorers' release. "I know the family was upset, but, again, it was a possibility and it happened," said Horry County Solicitor Jimmy Richardson on the Moorers' release.

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Sidney Moorer posted bond three days after his wife, Tammy Moorer. Despite their release, Solicitor Jimmy Richardson does not believe it will affect the state's case against the couple, accused of the kidnapping and murder of Heather Elvis. 

The state says their case isn't phased by the Moorers' release, and now they are honing in on evidence they say will be enough to see a jury.

"There hasn't been a day where we haven't worked on this case and we will continue to do just that," Solicitor Jimmy Richardson said.

Though Friday's bond hearing was about whether or not the Moorers were a flight risk, or a threat to the community, Richardson says they knew there was a chance the Moorers would get out.

"This really didn't affect us that much," Richardson explained. "I know the family was upset, but, again, it was a possibility and it happened."

Richardson admitted they did feel they were in a good spot having a set trial date and it was unusual for bond to be granted so close to that date, but he does not question the judge's decision.

"The ultimate decision will be in the jury's hands. All we can do is tell the truth and present the evidence that we've got. We don't get the chance to make up evidence, or do anything like that, we just present what's there," Richardson said. 

On Friday, Judge Dennis asked if the state had any direct evidence, and they said no.

"Well you know, you would want direct evidence. In other words you would want an eye witness, you would want video of them doing the deed, but at the trial, the judge will instruct the jury that circumstantial evidence is just as good as direct evidence," Richardson explained. 

Richardson says they will need to have substantial circumstantial evidence to get to the jury.

"Certainly we'll continue to work on it...as it goes now, we've always thought it was substantial circumstantial evidence," Richardson said. 

Though he believes they do have enough evidence to prove the Moorers' guilt, Richardson wouldn't use the word confident to describe how he's feeling. 

"I would never say I'm confident in a case without a body, I don't think you would be confident on any murder trial say for the death penalty type case, it's certainly not a slam dunk, we've never claimed it to be. I think the most important thing at this point is that we wouldn't be going forward with the case if we didn't believe that they were guilty."

The trial date for this case is set for May 11, but there could be another hearing before that to address the gag order.

Copyright 2015 WMBF News. All rights reserved.

  • State says Heather Elvis case will not be affected by suspects' releaseMore>>

  • Breaking

    Both Heather Elvis murder suspects released after bond hearing

    Both Heather Elvis murder suspects released after bond hearing

    Friday, January 30 2015 11:51 AM EST2015-01-30 16:51:18 GMT
    Monday, February 2 2015 3:10 PM EST2015-02-02 20:10:14 GMT
    Bond has been granted for both Sidney and Tammy Moorer, the couple accused of the kidnapping and murder of Heather Elvis. Tammy Moorer posted bond and was released from jail Friday evening, and Sidney was released Monday afternoon.More >>
    Bond has been granted for both Sidney and Tammy Moorer, the couple accused of the kidnapping and murder of Heather Elvis. Tammy Moorer posted bond and was released from jail Friday evening, and Sidney was released Monday afternoon.More >>
Powered by Frankly