Sidney Moorer Trial Day 3: Cell phone data holds the key

June 22, 2016

Testimony continued in Day 3 of the Sidney Moorer trial, with some very technical testimony including recovered text messages from Sidney Moorer’s phone. The texts are extremely threatening in nature and given the fact that Heather disappeared a little over a month later, I’d say they’re pretty damning too.

But first, the judge scolded Sidney for violating the gag order that had been placed on the case two years ago, after the State brought up the fact that Sidney gave an interview last night to WCBD News.

Below are some highlights from Day 3.

Prosecution Witness #15 Ronald Witt

Highlights:
  • T-Mobile employee, looked at the number of calls and messages between Sidney and Heather from July 2013 through December 2013
  • Between July 17 – July 31, 2013: A total of 862 calls and texts on Heather’s phone. Heather calls/texts Sidney 198 times. Sidney calls/texts Heather 213 times. Out of 862 entries, 411 were between Sidney and Heather.
  • In August 2013, there were a total of 1540 calls and texts on Heather’s phone. Heather calls/texts Sidney 213 times. Sidney calls/texts Heather 351 times. Out of the 1540 entries, 564 were between Sidney and Heather.
  • In September 2013, there were a total of 1426 calls and texts. Heather calls/texts Sidney 208 times. Sidney calls/texts Heather 350 times. Out of the 1426 entries, 558 were between Heather and Sidney.
  • In October 2013, there are a total of 1037 calls and texts on Heather’s phone. Heather called Sidney 199 times. Sidney called Heather 318 times. Out of the 1037 entries, 517 of these are between Sidney and Heather.
  • In November 2013, two photos were sent from Sidney to Heather.
  • Both photos were sent on November 2, 2013
  • In November 2013, Heather calls/texts Sidney 22 times. Sidney texts/calls Heather 39 times. Drastically less than in prior months.
  • In December 2013, there were a total of 1000 calls/texts on Heather’s phone. 6 were Heather calling/texting Sidney.
  • No other calls or texts were ever made from Heather’s phone again after December 18, 2013.
  • CROSS: He cannot say who was using either of the devices.
Prosecution Witness #16 Aaron Edens

Highlights:
  • Intelligence Analyst who lives in California
  • Began career in law enforcement in 2001
  • Experience in cell phone forensic investigations (expert in cell phone forensics)
  • Tasked with locating Heather Elvis’ cell phone
  • He looked at the time frame of 1:13 AM on December 18 forward
  • He examined call detail records from T-Mobile, used Google location history records, cell tower locations in Horry County and surrounding counties, examined search warrant results from Google
  • Heather’s cell phone:
    • 01:35:16 AM – Incoming call from pay phone, Duration: 298.8 seconds
    • 01:44:39 AM – Outgoing call to Heather’s roommate, Duration: 132 seconds
    • 02:29:48 AM – Outgoing call to pay phone, Duration: 12 seconds
    • 02:30:15 AM – Outgoing call to pay phone, Duration: 4.8 seconds
  • When these calls were made, Heather’s cell phone was in and around her apartment.
  • Heather’s cell phone:
    • 02:32:57 AM – Outgoing call to pay phone, Duration: 13.8 seconds
  • When this call was made, Heather’s phone was traveling from White River Dr to Carolina Forest BLVD
  • Heather’s cell phone:
    • 02:43:02 AM – Outgoing call to pay phone, Duration: 7.2 seconds
    • 02:43:36 AM – Outgoing call to pay phone, Duration: 7.8 seconds
    • 02:45:09 AM – Outgoing call to pay phone, Duration: 0.2 seconds
    • 02:51:20 AM – Outgoing call to pay phone, Duration: 4.8 seconds
  • When these calls were made, Heather’s phone was at the rear of 5040 Carolina Forest BLVD, which is Longbeard’s Restaurant. The majority of the location records were in the northeast corner of the parking lot, where there are dumpsters.
  • From 02:57:04 AM – 03:01:57 AM, Heather’s phone was moving from Longbeard’s Restaurant to a location on Augusta Plantation Drive, and then returned back to Longbeard’s Restaurant. No calls were made or received during this time.
  • Heather’s cell phone:
    • 03:04:36 AM – Outgoing call to pay phone, Duration: 1.8 seconds
    • 03:05:55 AM – Outgoing call to pay phone, Duration: 9 seconds
  • When these calls were made, Heather’s phone was located back in the area of 5040 Carolina Forest BLVD (Longbeard’s Restaurant)
  • Heather’s cell phone:
    • 03:16:35 AM – Outgoing call to Sidney’s cell phone, Duration: 7.8 seconds
    • 03:17:35 AM – Outgoing call to Sidney’s cell phone, Duration: 249 seconds
  • When these calls were made, Heather’s phone was moving from Longbeard’s Restaurant to White River Drive, where her apartment was.
  • While Heather was on that last phone call (from 03:17:35 – 03:21:44) her phone was in the parking lot of White River Drive (outside her apartment).
  • Between 03:25:29 AM – 3:35:12 AM, Heather’s phone moved from White River Dr to Forest Brook Road to Peachtree Road to Peachtree Boat Landing. There was no phone activity at this time.
  • Heather’s cell phone:
    • 03:38:14 AM – Outgoing call to Sidney’s cell phone, Duration: 1.8 seconds
    • 03:39:00 AM – Outgoing call to Sidney’s cell phone, Duration: 1.8 seconds
    • 03:39:46 AM – Outgoing call to Sidney’s cell phone, Duration: 1.8 seconds
    • 03:41:05 AM – Outgoing call to Sidney’s cell phone, Duration: 1.8 seconds
  • When these calls were made, Heather’s phone was at Peachtree Boat Landing.
  • CROSS: Edens was contacted by the State one month after Sidney was arrested
  • CROSS: Edens submitted his final report in January 2016
  • CROSS: The State never asked him to do any location data on Sidney Moorer’s cell phone
  • CROSS: The State never asked him to do any location data on Stefano Schiraldi’s cell phone
  • CROSS: Edens is only testifying to where a phone is, not a person. He cannot testify that Heather was in possession of her phone at these times, or the car she was in
Prosecution Witness #17 Devin Soles

Highlights:
  • Works at Beach Ford Dealership
  • Sidney Moorer purchased a black Ford F150 truck on November 8, 2013. He traded in a 2010 white Ford F150.
  • The truck Sidney purchased had HID headlights
  • HID headlights are a little brighter and you can see a lot better with them
  • When he purchased the truck, a bed liner was put in
  • There are 4 styles of trucks they put HID headlights in
Prosecution Witness #18 Grant Fredericks

Highlights:
  • Degree in broadcast television with emphasis in engineering
  • Since then, he has become certified as a forensic video analyst, which requires regular updated training in technology
  • Employed as a Forensic Video Analyst at Forensic Video Solutions, which provides forensic video analysis in court cases
  • He examined a video from a residence on Highway 814 and one at Mill Pond Road at a business. Both locations had captured video of a vehicle.
  • He went to both locations and re-created the positions of the cameras and fields of view, long process to make sure everything matches up
  • Tested out other vehicles aside from the known vehicle to eliminate those that don’t match
  • The truck in the footage was the same vehicle on both cameras
  • The truck going to the Landing is the same truck as the one coming from the Landing
  • Fredericks was unable to do a headlight spray pattern test on Moorer’s truck because the lights had been changed
  • Fredericks said without the headlight spread pattern all other possible similar trucks could be eliminated except Limited F150
  • Sidney’s truck, prior to the lightbulb being switched out, is likely the vehicle in the footage
  • CROSS:Weather can affect headlights
  • CROSS: Fredericks said a former client falsified information and then put his name on it and he took him to court over it.
Prosecution Witness #19 Will Lynch

Highlights:
  • Has been in law enforcement for almost 22 years
  • In December 2013, Lynch was assigned to the 15th Circuit Drug Enforcement Unit
  • Cellebrite is a company that offers two devices that take information off portable devices, such as cell phones. Lynch was trained in this
  • Has used the technology on almost 200 phones
  • Can extract deleted data
  • Lynch extracted info from Sidney Moorer’s cell phone
  • Text message conversation including deleted texts from 11/2/2013 from the extraction report:
    • Heather’s phone to Sidney’s phone: Sidney
    • Sidney’s phone to Heather’s phone: Yeah?
    • Sidney’s phone to Heather’s phone: Wassup
    • Sidney’s phone to Heather’s phone: Who the fuck is this?
    • Sidney’s phone to Heather’s phone: Why would you fucking text at 12:30 and not respond?
    • Heather’s phone to Sidney’s phone: What in the world
    • Heather’s phone to Sidney’s phone: Sorry my phone was fucking up all night, wouldn’t let me answer calls and it just froze. But you got some explaining to do.
    • Sidney’s phone to Heather’s phone: Why is that?
    • Sidney’s phone to Heather’s phone: Who is this?
    • Heather’s phone to Sidney’s phone: Nobody you need to worry about anymore.
    • Sidney’s phone to Heather’s phone: You want to call me right now and explain yourself? It would be the wise thing to do.
    • Heather’s phone to Sidney’s phone: So when does Sidney get his phone back?
    • Sidney’s phone to Heather’s phone: This is him but we can’t talk anymore
    • Heather’s phone to Sidney’s phone: Can you just call for a minute?
    • Sidney’s phone to Heather’s phone: No I love family
    • Heather’s phone to Sidney’s phone: Ha okay
    • Sidney’s phone to Heather’s phone: Sorry I made a mistake
    • Heather’s phone to Sidney’s phone: You knew what you were doing it was no mistake. I understand this can’t go on anymore I just want to know that your wife isn’t going to show up at my job
    • Heather’s phone to Sidney’s phone: Because I lost hours today because they sent me home after she kept calling
    • Sidney’s phone to Heather’s phone: She doesn’t care about you. It’s fine. She has a boyfriend.
    • Sidney’s phone to Heather’s phone: She was just mad at me for lying
    • Sidney’s phone to Heather’s phone: Wants me to take some tests to make sure I didn’t catch anything from you
    • Heather’s phone to Sidney’s phone: Then why does this have to end if she’s got a boyfriend. Stop being such a pushover and letting her control you
    • Sidney’s phone to Heather’s phone: I can’t do it anymore it’s not right
    • Heather’s phone to Sidney’s phone: yeah okay
    • Sidney’s phone to Heather’s phone: What did you want to talk about?
    • Heather’s phone to Sidney’s phone: I think you’re a little obsessed with me
    • Sidney’s phone to Heather’s phone: Nah it was a bore
    • Sidney’s phone to Heather’s phone: If you want to speak to call me now. Otherwise leave me alone forever
    • Heather’s phone to Sidney’s phone: really? So that’s why you’re still childishly texting me from your cheating husband’s phone
    • Sidney’s phone to Heather’s phone: Call the number, it’s me
    • Heather’s phone to Sidney’s phone: You call
    • Sidney’s phone to Heather’s phone: Nah
    • Heather’s phone to Sidney’s phone: Sidney
    • Sidney’s phone to Heather’s phone: What?
    • Sidney’s phone to Heather’s phone: Your skank ass needs to leave me alone
    • Sidney’s phone to Heather’s phone: Stop stalking me you crazy fucking whore
  • Sidney’s phone also recovered info from the morning of December 18, including deleted phone calls. From 1:09 AM – 3:40 AM
  • At 3:41 AM, a phone call from Heather Elvis’ phone came in. This was the last phone call from Heather’s phone Sidney’s phone ever received.
  • There were two instant messages on Sidney’s phone that had been deleted, at 4:37 AM and 4:38 AM
Prosecution Witness #20 James Phillip Perry
Highlights:
  • Been in law enforcement for 33 years
  • Deals with computer and cell phone forensics
  • Since 2002 has examined over 300 computers and well over 1200 cell phones
  • Some messages that were deleted on Sidney’s cell phone were found on his computer. They are from the same conversation from 11/2/13:
    • From Sidney’s phone to Heather’s phone: Someone’s about to get their ass beat down.”
    • From Sidney’s phone to Heather’s phone: Your bitch is about to take his last breath
    • From Sidney’s phone to Heather’s phone: I frown upon people who hang up on me. Not cool.
    • From Sidney’s phone to Heather’s phone: You can tell me who you are right now or I can find out another way. That way won’t have a good turnout for you.
    • From Sidney’s phone to Heather’s phone: I’ve been having Sidney followed since January 2012. It’s best you call back and speak immediately to save yourself
    • From Sidney’s phone to Heather’s phone: I’ll give you one last chance to answer me before we meet in person. Only one.
    • From Sidney’s phone to Heather’s phone: Hey sweetie, you ready to meet the Mrs?
    • From Sidney’s phone to Heather’s phone: The kids want to meet you?
    • From Sidney’s phone to Heather’s phone: DJ, you are silly
    • From Heather’s phone to Sidney’s phone: Who’s DJ?
    • From Sidney’s phone to Heather’s phone: You are DJ. Have you been drinking lol
    • From Sidney’s phone to Heather’s phone: Didn’t you want to talk? You can call me
    • From Heather’s phone to Sidney’s phone: Hahaha is that what he told you my name was? I guess you’re right he is a liar
    • From Sidney’s phone to Heather’s phone: Heather you wanted to speak to me earlier. You can call now.
  • Powering Event Log (when Sidney’s phone was turned on and off) for December 18, 2013 shows that the phone was powered off and then powered on at 3:02 AM
  • Heather’s cell phone was listed as “Zoning NMB” in Sidney’s contact list
  • CROSS: The messages that were deleted were definitely threatening. Perry has no idea if Sidney was using his phone at the time or not.
Prosecution Witness #21 Christopher Teems
Highlights:
  • Works at Horry Electric Co-op
  • Knows Sidney Moorer from the neighborhood
  • The company had installed some outdoor camera holdings to give the appearance that there were cameras there, this was present on December 18, 2013.


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