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Moorer accused of violating gag order, hearing scheduled for September

Sidney Moorer will go on trial again for the charge of kidnapping. (Source: WMBF News) Sidney Moorer will go on trial again for the charge of kidnapping. (Source: WMBF News)

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Sidney Moorer has been ordered to appear in court on September 6 for a hearing for allegedly violating a gag order by speaking to a local media outlet on the second day of his kidnapping trial in June.

According to court documents, the State asserts that Moorer violated the order prohibiting “extrajudicial statements and release of documents” by giving a recorded interview to a news station on Tuesday, June 21, the second day of his trial for allegedly kidnapping missing woman Heather Elvis.

In March of 2014, Judge Steven John, who was presiding over Moorer’s case at the time, issued the “order prohibiting extrajudicial statements and release of documents,” also known as a “gag order,” prohibiting parties involved in the case from releasing information or speaking to the media about certain aspects of the case.

The state asserted that Moorer violated the order by discussing facts of the case with the news outlet in the midst of his trial.

The September 6 hearing will determine whether or not Moorer should be held in contempt of court.

Moorer’s June trial ended with a mistrial after the jury could not reach a unanimous decision on his verdict. A new trial date has not yet been set. Tammy Moorer, Sidney Moorer’s wife, is also charged with kidnapping Heather Elvis. A date for her trial has not yet been set. 

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