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South Carolina Wife's Sexts To Teen Emerge In Kidnapping Trial For Husband's Missing Mistress
Lawyers representing Tammy Moorer, accused of kidnapping her husband's lover in 2013, claimed the "blush-worthy" messages weren't relevant to the trial.
The trial of a South Carolina woman accused of kidnapping her husband’s mistress continued on Tuesday, as sexts between the suspect and a teen boy were read aloud in court.
The sexually suggestive messages were read as part of testimony by Will Lynch, an investigator with the North Myrtle Beach Police Department who examined the phone activity of Tammy Moorer and husband Sydney Moorer in the weeks prior to the victim vanishing, according to the New York Post. Tammy Moorer is currently facing kidnapping charges over the disappearance of 20-year-old Heather Elvis, the young woman who had an affair with Sidney and who was last seen in Dec. 2013.
Lynch testified that the sexually explicit messages were written by Tammy on her husband’s phone and sent to a teen after she searched online for “cougar life,” the Post reports.
“I want you Caleb,” one message that was read aloud in court said, according to the report. “You don’t even know. I want to f–-k the hell out of you.”
Lynch believes the texts came after Tammy Moorer found out about her husband’s affair with Elvis; The suspect’s counsel, however, claimed the messages weren’t relevant to the case.
“This is the most blush-worthy language I’ve ever experienced,” defense attorney Greg McCollum told the judge, according to Myrtle Beach Online.
Sidney Moorer and Elvis met in 2013 at a Tilted Kilt restaurant in Socastee where Elvis worked and Moorer provided maintenance services. The two quickly became romantic, the Charlotte Observer reported back in 2014.
Their affair ended in October after Tammy Moorer found out about it, Myrtle Beach Online reports.
The suspect then began harassing the young woman with threatening messages, prosecutors claimed.
Elvis’ roommate Brianna “Bree” Warrelmann told the court that Elvis “was scared of Tammy,” Myrtle Beach Online reports.
The 41-year-old even reportedly handcuffed her husband, who apparently agreed to save their marriage, to their bed at night so he couldn't sneak out, prosecutor Donna Elder said during a March 2014 bond hearing, according to the Charlotte Observer.
Meanwhile, earlier this week, testimony indicated that Tammy Moorer even forced her husband to get her name tattooed above his crotch.
Despite the bizarre alleged attempts to keep her husband loyal, Tammy Moorer herself apparently continued to contact Elvis.
In a text from Nov. 1 2013, the suspect wrote, "Hey sweetie ready to meet the Mrs.," according to court documents cited by the New York Post.
Elvis responded in a text saying, “I think you are a little obsessed with me. I’m nobody you need to worry about anymore.”
Elvis appeared to have been moving on with her life, even beginning to date again, when she received a call from Sidney Moorer the night of Dec. 18, 2013, the Post reports. They spoke for four minutes, and Elvis later called a friend to tell them that Sidney Moorer said he was leaving his wife for her.
In the middle of the night — following a few phone calls between Elvis and Sidney Moorer's cell, according to investigators — police believe Elvis drove to a boat landing near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where her abandoned car was later discovered. Her body was never found.
Initially, Sidney Moorer told police he didn't make the first call. Authorities, however, had surveillance footage of him at the pay phone known to have made a call to Elvis. He then admitted to police he phoned Elvis because he told her to "please leave me alone because she had been leaving notes on our car," according to WBTW in Myrtle Beach.
Tammy Moorer admitted to police that she was with Sidney when he made the call, local outlet My Horry News quoted former Horry County Sheriff’s Department employee Carmen Rodriguez as saying last week.
The same day she vanished, Sidney Moorer was reportedly captured on camera buying a pregnancy test, though he claimed it was for his wife, according to The State in Columbia.
Several of Elvis' coworkers believed she may have been pregnant because of weight gain around her hips, according to The State, but a previous pregnancy test was inconclusive.
After Elvis' disappearance, prosecutors claimed that Tammy Moorer conducted a smear campaign against the missing waitress.
“Well Sidney cheated on me in the months of Sept/Oct with a psycho whore who has since went missing,” Tammy Moorer wrote in a Facebook post, CBS News reported in March 2014, shortly after Elvis vanished.
The Moorers were arrested in February 2014 on charges of obstruction of justice, according to the New York Post. Charges of kidnapping and murder followed, but the murder charges were dropped in 2016, presumably for lack of evidence.
Sidney Moorer's kidnapping case ended in a mistrial in 2016 when a jury couldn't reach a unanimous verdict, though he is currently in state prison for the obstruction of justice charges, according to the Post.
The couple were indicted on conspiracy of kidnapping charges in 2017.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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