CONWAY, SC (WBTW) – Sidney Moorer, the man believed to be connected to the disappearance of Heather Elvis has been sentenced to five months in jail for violating a gag order.
In a hearing Friday, Moorer did acknowledge that he violated the gag order by doing an interview with WBTW on the second day of his kidnapping trial last month.
The judge put the gag order on the case in March of 2014.
Moorer reached out to the station to speak on the prosecution’s presentation of surveillance video showing him buying a pregnancy test on the night Elvis disappeared, prosecutors suggested throughout the trial that Moorer kidnapped Elvis because she was pregnant.
During the interview, Moorer told WBTW he was buying the pregnancy test for his wife who had taken the test that night.
When asked about his decision to talk to a media outlet during the trial, with a gag order in place, Moorer said he did it because of his wife who he believes was brought into the case against her will.
After that interview, the prosecution filed a motion stating “The State believes that the contents of the Defendant’s statement to this news outlet violated the terms [of the order].”
The prosecution asked that Moorer be jailed for the full six months allowed by the contempt of court charge, the judge opted for a five month sentence and also had an order written to take Moorer into custody right after the hearing.
During the hearing Friday, Moorer’s attorney Kirk Truslow requested a continuance for Moorer’s scheduled retrial.
The judge noted that unlike the last kidnapping trial against Moorer, the community has already seen and heard the case, and he has concerns over that.
The judge granted the continuance to delay Moorer’s kidnapping retrial. A new date has not yet been set. The judge adds he will decide on whether the retrial should involve a change of venue, allowing the case to be heard somewhere other than a Conway courtroom.