CHARLESTON, SC (WMBF) – A Charleston judge granted Tammy and Sidney Moorer, the couple charged with the kidnapping and murder of Heather Elvis, a bond modification allowing them to leave for Florida.
At a brief bond modification hearing on Thursday, the attorneys for the Moorers asked the Judge Markley Dennis to modify their bond to allow Sidney to go to a job interview in Orlando, Florida on August 10. They claim they are unable to find work in Horry County.
"Both Tammy and Sidney are trying to live a normal life while this is pending and working and being productive is part of that, so we are grateful for the judge's consideration," said Greg McCollum, Tammy Moorer's attorney. Sidney Moorer's attorney added that the family is struggling financially, and this bond modification will give Sidney the chance to earn an income.
Under the modified conditions of the bond, if Sidney Moorer finds work, it must be in a state that borders South Carolina. However, they are allowing him to go to the interview in Florida.
Judge Dennis, who had granted the couple bond back in January of this year, approved the bond modification for the Moorers.
"Everybody is innocent until proven guilty, and this is not a battle, this is simply where should they go, what should they do, while they are out on bond," said Solicitor Jimmy Richardson.
Both Sidney and Tammy Moorer have been out on bond since February 2, 2015, two days after Judge Dennis set bond at $100,000 each for all charges related to the Heather Elvis case. They were both required to wear GPS monitoring devices, stay outside of a five-mile radius of the Elvis house, and have no contact with the Elvis family.
The Moorers were taken into custody at their Horry County home nearly one year earlier, in February 2014, and were charged with kidnapping and murder in connection with the disappearance of Heather Elvis, who was 20 years old when she went missing in December 2013.
The trial was originally scheduled to take place in May 2015, but was delayed indefinitely in March.