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      Bond hearing held for couple accused of killing Heather Elvis

      An Horry County judge has denied bond for Sidney and Tammy Moorer who have been charged in the murder of Heather Elvis.

      Judge Steven John says he denied bond because of the seriousness of charges, nature of case, potential penalty, and questions of whether defendants will reappear in court.

      Horry County police filed murder charges Monday, February 24 against the Moorers.

      Sidney Moorer, 38, and Tammy Moorer, 41, are also charged with Murder, Kidnapping, Obstruction of Justice and Indecent Exposure.

      At a news conference February 24, authorities were careful to not reveal information they believed might jeopardize the case.

      Police said from the day Heather wasfirst reported missing December 19, investigators were looking at the Moorers as potential suspects in her disappearance.

      Police say they know there was a relationship between the Moorers and Elvis.

      Prosecutors say on December 17, after 1 a.m., Sidney Moorer called Heather Elvis, and they spoke for about four minutes. They say Heather then called Sidney two more times from home with no response. Prosecutors say the two finally spoke after 3:17 a.m. They say Heather was home for those calls and left after the 3:17 a.m. call for the Peachtree Boat Landing.

      That's where her car was found shortly after she was reported missing.

      Prosecutors say they have evidence of the Moorer's truck coming to Peachtree Landing the night Elvis disappeared.

      Prosecutors say Tammy Moorer knew her husband was having an affair with Heather.

      They say Heather Elvis's murder was premeditated and that the Moorers disposed of her body.

      Addressing the judge, Terry Elvis, Heather's father, said he worries for his youngest daughter's safety, and asked that the Moorers not be released on bond.

      Sidney Moorer's attorney told the judge there is no real evidence in the case and says this has snowballed into an "outrageous witch hunt with no real evidence."

      He says all evidence is speculation and rumor. He says there is not even a motive.

      Judge says due to the seriousness of charges, nature of case, potential penalty, and questions of whether defendants will reappear in court, he has denied bond.

      "Anytime you have a case where someone's charged with kidnapping and murder or certainly a case that has got this must interest, it's legally permissible for a judge to deny bond on a violent crime and these are classified as violent crimes so it's permitted," explained Tammy Moorer's defense attorney Greg McCollum.

      Horry County solicitor Jimmy Richardson said he felt the judge's decision was justified. "We said all along flight risk and danger to the communities and that was basically what the judge found with this."

      Richardson said he expects the case to go to trial in about a year.

      When asked if he would seek the death penalty, he said it's too early to make that determination, especially considering Heather Elvis' body has not been found.

      After nearly two hours in court, Judge John denied bond.

      "Anytime you have a case where someone's charged with kidnapping and murder or certainly a case that has got this must interest, it's legally permissible for a judge to deny bond on a violent crime and these are classified as violent crimes so it's permitted," explained Tammy Moorer's defense attorney Greg McCollum.

      Horry County solicitor Jimmy Richardson said he felt the judge's decision was justified. "We said all along flight risk and danger to the communities and that was basically what the judge found with this."

      Richardson said he expects the case to go to trial in about a year.

      When asked if he would seek the death penalty, he said it's too early to make that determination, especially considering Heather Elvis' body has not been found.