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Heather Elvis murder suspect pregnant, according to attorney

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CONWAY, SC  (WBTW) - Bond has been denied a second time for one of two suspects charged in the disappearance and killing of 20-year-old Heather Elvis.

Judge Steven John handed down the decision to Tammy Moorer Friday morning shortly after 10 a.m. at the Horry County Government and Justice Center in Conway. Bond was initially refused for Moorer and her husband, Sidney, in March.

At Friday's bond reconsideration hearing, Moorer's attorney revealed his client is pregnant and in her second trimester. He cited previous prenatal issues, health concerns, and lack of evidence as reasons for bond reconsideration. According to Greg McCollum, Moorer was considering getting pregnant before she was arrested and charged in the Elvis case.

An original pregnancy test taken at a detention facility in Georgetown County, according to prosecutors, came back negative in March. Two additional pregnancy tests performed later that month at Conway Medical Center and a hospital in Loris came back with positive results. The final pregnancy test, prosecutors say, was however questionable.

Despite the results, the State questions the true validity of Moorer's pregnancy and claims that she has not been open to receiving prenatal care. Prosecutors commented on what they called a thorough, two-month investigation by local police before Sidney and Tammy Moorer were charged in the Elvis case.

"She's been examined at two different hospitals by two different doctors," McCollum said. "Two different medical staffs and they both say that she's pregnant. We believe that to be true, and it's really hard for us to imagine it any other way."

Moorer attempted to speak during Friday's bond reconsideration meeting but was asked by Judge John to have her thoughts relayed to the court through McCollum. Moorer says she is concerned about health issues at J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

The State says there is no reason to believe that the medical staff at J. Reuben Long Detention Center can not provide reasonable and quality care through a viable pregnancy. Prosecutors say the staff provides the same level of care for pregnant inmates on a regular basis. 

"The Defense hasn't set forth any significant or material change in circumstances, nor is there any reason given by [the] Defense to cause court to modify the previous order," Judge John said shortly before denying bond.

Moorer will remain in custody at J. Reuben Long Detention Center. Judge John has ordered the detention center's medical staff to closely monitor Moorer's health, granted there is a viable pregnancy. Staff has also been ordered by the court to make note of any refusal of treatment or care by Moorer.

"We presented what we thought would be presented. The court heard it and ruled contrary to what we were hoping for," McCollum said in a post-hearing interview.

A gag order in the Elvis case remains in effect. 

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