State files motion asking court to reconsider moving Moorer trial

State files motion asking court to reconsider moving Moorer trial

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – The state has filed a motion to reconsider after a change of venue was granted in the kidnapping trial of Sidney Moorer, charged in connection with the December 2013 disappearance of Heather Elvis.

In the motion filed Nov. 10, the prosecution is asking for reconsideration of Judge Markley Dennis' decision to move Moorer's future retrial from Horry County to Georgetown County.

"The state does hereby ask for a hearing to be scheduled where the state will request the court to reconsider its prior order changing venue," the motion stated. "The state will submit only to the court and defense a memorandum prior to the scheduled hearing in order to comply with the gag order."

In response to the request for the change of venue, the state previously submitted juror questionnaires in an effort to show a fair and impartial jury could be seated in Horry County, according to the order signed by Dennis. In examining those questionnaires, the court determined that, due to social media exposure, the "community as a whole has been saturated with the case."

Moorer's original June kidnapping trial ended with a hung jury and a mistrial. A new trial date has not yet been set.

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