Solicitor’s Office asks the state’s highest court to allow a joint trial for Sidney, Tammy Moorer in October
HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - In documents filed with the South Carolina Supreme Court that WMBF just obtained, the state's highest court has been asked to decide how Tammy Moorer's upcoming trial for kidnapping and conspiracy to kidnap should be handled. It could be a joint trial between both her and her husband, Sidney Moorer, who faces the same charges.
The 15th Circuit Solicitor's Office has asked the SC Supreme Court to consolidate the cases under a single judge. If they won't approve that, then the solicitor's office has asked that Sidney Moorer's cases be sent back to the Fifteenth Circuit Chief Administrative Judge for General Sessions, so it can be treated like any other case in Horry County. Right now, Judge Markley Dennis still holds jurisdiction over Sidney's case, "creating a clear discrepancy in the status of the two cases even though the charges and evidence are similar," according to court documents.
The State has told the SC Supreme Court they are prepared to go forward on all charges against the couple as early as October 8, 2018.
The State noted in their motion, filed July 19, 2018, Judge Dennis has not responded to either party on the issue of joining the Moorers cases under one trial.
"The State will present the same evidence against both defendants including the fact the defendants were conspiring to commit the crime," court documents said. "Several witnesses from outside the Circuit will testify in the trial or trials, so it would be unduly burdensome to those witnesses to testify to the same facts and circumstances on two different occasions and possibly in two different locations."
The Moorers are accused of kidnapping Heather Elvis, who has been missing since December 2013. Sidney is currently serving time for obstruction of justice in the case.
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