The trial of a South Carolina woman accused of kidnapping her husband’s lover was nearly derailed by explosive sexts she sent a male teenager.
Tammy Moorer’s sexually-charged messages to an 18-year-old man were read aloud Tuesday in Horry County court, where she is being tried in the disappearance of 20-year-old Heather Elvis.
Both Moorer and her husband, Sidney, are charged with conspiring to kidnap Elvis, who vanished in December 2013 and was never found.
Moorer’s lawyers have maintained her innocence and dismissed the evidence presented in the trial as nothing more than an attack on her marriage.
During testimony about the X-rated messages, the defense team repeatedly argued the texts weren’t relevant to the case and only served to discredit her character, which hasn’t been introduced as evidence in the trial.
The sexually explicit messages were revealed Tuesday during testimony from Will Lynch, a North Myrtle Beach Police investigator who analyzed the Moorer family’s phone activity in the weeks before Elvis disappeared.
Lynch testified that messages indicated that Moorer confiscated her husband’s phone and used the device to sext a teen named “Caleb.” He claimed the sexting started after Moorer found out about her husband’s extramarital affair and searched the internet about “cougar life.”
Moorer allegedly told the teen in the sexts that she was “fantasizing” about him, according to testimony.
“I want you Caleb,” one message said. “You don’t even know. I want to f–k the hell out of you.”
Lynch said the sexting stopped after the boy’s mother discovered the messages and contacted Moorer.
Moorer’s lawyers objected to Lynch’s testimony several times and motioned for a mistrial, which the judge denied.
“This is the most blush-worthy language I’ve ever experienced,” Attorney Greg McCollum told the judge, according to Myrtle Beach Online.
Phone records showed that Moorer appeared to threaten Elvis numerous times in since-deleted text messages sent weeks before the 20-year-old vanished.
“Someone’s about to get their a– beat down,” a text to Elvis said.
The testimony marked the eighth day of Moorer’s trial.
Prosecutors allege that Moorer was driven by jealousy to get rid of Elvis after she learned about her husband’s affair. The defense team, however, claim the Moorers had an open marriage and the defendant knew her husband was having sex with Elvis.
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