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Judge approves motion to try Sidney Moorer's charges separately, attorney says

Sidney Moorer, left, and his attorney Kirk Truslow, right, at the hearing on Monday. (Source: WMBF News) Sidney Moorer, left, and his attorney Kirk Truslow, right, at the hearing on Monday. (Source: WMBF News)
Judge R. Markley Dennis granted the motion to try Moorer's charges separately, Truslow says. (Source: WMBF News) Judge R. Markley Dennis granted the motion to try Moorer's charges separately, Truslow says. (Source: WMBF News)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The judge presiding over Sidney Moorer’s trial in connection with missing Heather Elvis has granted a motion to try Moorer’s charges of kidnapping and obstruction of justice separately, Moorer’s attorney confirmed. On Monday, Moorer will go to trial only for kidnapping, and will be tried for obstruction of justice at a later date.

During a hearing Monday, Moorer’s attorney Kirk Truslow argued Moorer’s charge of kidnapping should be tried separately from his obstruction of justice charge, saying the two cases are separate and distinct. Truslow argued the two charges were not properly joined. The prosecution argued that Moorer committed obstruction of justice in order to elude detection for the kidnapping charge.

No decision was made by the judge on Monday, but on Tuesday afternoon, the judge ruled that the motion to try the charges separately was granted, Truslow said.

Truslow added that he is preparing the order for Judge R. Markley Dennis to sign.

Sidney Moorer’s trial for kidnapping begins on Monday, June 20 with jury selection.

Sidney and his wife Tammy Moorer were originally charged with the murder of Heather Elvis, who has been missing since December 2013, but those charges were later dropped.  Tammy Moorer is also facing kidnapping charges; her trial date has not been scheduled at this time.

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