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Moorer's lawyer asks for charges to be tried separately at pre-trial hearing

Sidney Moorer in court for the pre-trial hearing Monday. (Source: WMBF News) Sidney Moorer in court for the pre-trial hearing Monday. (Source: WMBF News)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – At pre-trial hearing for Sidney Moorer Monday morning, his lawyer argued that his kidnapping charge should be tried separately from his obstruction of justice charge. No decision was made at the hearing.

Moorer’s lawyer argued that these two cases are separate and distinct, but the prosecution said that Moorer committed obstruction of justice in order to elude detection for the kidnapping charge.

All other pre-trial motions that were filed in April were not discussed, because they will be brought up in trial, Moorer’s attorney said.

The court did allow two statements that Moorer made to detectives during the investigation to be used in court. Moorer apparently changed his answer while being questioned, at first saying that he did not make a call from a payphone after Elvis’ disappearance, and later saying that he did, it was revealed in court Monday. This is where the obstruction of justice charge stems from.

The judge said he would e-mail both parties with his decision on if the charges will be tried together or separately.

Sidney Moorer’s trial is scheduled to begin on Monday, June 20 with jury selection.

Moorer is charged with Kidnapping and Obstruction of justice in the Heather Elvis case. Elvis went missing in December 2013.

Sidney and Tammy Moorer were originally charged with Murder but the charges were later dropped.  Tammy Moorer is also facing kidnapping charges, her trial date has not been scheduled at this time.

Related Links: 

Timeline of events in the Heather Elvis case

Sidney Moorer motions reveal some state evidence in trial, seek to quash indictment

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