A new lawyer takes power in the murder trials of Sidney and Tammy Moorer.
Assistant attorney Nancy Livesay is now the lead prosecutor in Moorer’s murder trial, attorney Jimmy Richardson for the 15th Judicial Circuit confirmed Monday.
Richardson said the transfer happened about two weeks ago.
Livesay will take over from senior associate attorney Donna Elder, who has been working on the case since Moorers was charged in February over Heather Elvis’ disappearance.
Elder could not be reached for comment by press time on Tuesday.
The appointment change is a routine decision designed to help reduce the law firm’s caseload, Richardson said.
He said lawmakers recently awarded $100,000 in grants to each of the state’s 16 judicial districts, with the 15th choosing to use its share to create a dedicated violent crime prosecutor, and Livesay was selected for the position.
Richardson said the $100,000 figure includes salary, retirement, vacation and other compensation. Livesay will focus solely on homicides and robberies, he said.
“Transfers [prosecutors] are not uncommon,” Richardson said. “We have some money just to commit violent crimes. Her [elderly] number of cases will decrease.”
Elder has been a regular in the Heather Elvis courtroom for the past six months.
Elder, the county’s top assistant attorney, has argued the Mueller case during multiple bail hearings.
In a related matter, she also sued two Horry County men charged with obstruction of justice in connection with the Elvis case.
With the gag order still in effect, Richardson was barred from discussing most aspects of the Elvis case, but he stressed that the change in the chief prosecutor did not reflect on Elder or affect the pending murder trial.
Richardson said he hoped the case would go to court sometime in the coming winter.