Lawyer: Randy Taylor knows location of Alexis Murphy’s body

NELSON COUNTY, Va. —  The man who abducted and murdered a Virginia teen was formally sentenced in a Nelson County courtroom Wednesday afternoon.

Circuit Judge J. Michael Gamble sentenced Randy Allen Taylor, 48,  to two consecutive life sentences for first-degree murder and abduction with intent to defile in connection with the disappearance of missing Nelson County teenager Alexis Murphy.

Additionally, Taylor’s lawyer stated in his client maintains his innocence, but knows where Murphy’s body is located.

Taylor’s attorney said that his client claimed a third person was involved and that Taylor would reveal the body’s location in exchange for 20 year sentence.

However, the judge, along with Murphy’s family, rejected that offer.

“I didn’t kill Alexis Murphy,” Taylor told the courtroom.

Taylor called the prosecution “over zealous” and that he “didn’t profile black girls.” He also said that this case was perhaps “the biggest thing to ever happen to Nelson County.”

Taylor’s lawyer said he would appeal the sentence. He faced anywhere from 40 years in prison to a life prison sentence.

Legal expert on Taylor’s latest claim

Attorney Ed Riley, who is not affiliated with the case, said the offer made by Taylor’s attorney is unusual.

Riley said there’s only one reason his defense would make such an offer after sentencing.

“Quite frankly, it’s probably because the client didn’t tell the lawyer this information before — or if he did, he probably said, ‘You can’t use it unless I let you know,’” Riley said.

Additionally, Riley said that if Taylor does know where Murphy’s body is located right now, he will likely use it as a bargaining tool. But only if prosecutors, Murphy’s family and investigators are interested.

“I would think they would at least make that effort, assuming they think it’s valid, assuming they think that he’s being genuine and truly have that information and it’s not just the act of a desperate man,” Riley said.

Family comforted by sentence as anniversary approaches

After the sentencing the Murphy family told reporters “justice has been done.”

The Murphy family told CBS 6 reporter Joe St. George that a “Keep Hope Alive” vigil and basketball tournament will happen on Aug. 3 – the one year anniversary of Murphy’s disappearance.

Murphy, 17,  was last seen August 3, 2013 and police have not yet found her body.

Taylor admitted he was with Murphy the last day she was seen alive, but said he was not the last person to see her.

He claimed Murphy left his home with another man during a drug deal. Prosecutors said there was no evidence to suggest a third person was ever in Taylor’s camper.

Over the course of Taylor’s trial the defense noted Murphy’s body was never found and there is no evidence that the teen was dead.

The prosecution countered by arguing a blood-stained shirt of Taylor’s had Murphy’s DNA on it, as well as testimony from Taylor that he was with her the day she disappeared.

 Depend on CBS 6 News and WTVR.com for updates on this story. 

60 comments

  • sw

    I’m usually feeling pretty confident one way or the other in these types of trials but I feel like I must be missing something here because I just don’t see the clear cut case the jury must have seen. I hope they got the right person.

  • lovinlife

    Why don’t he just confess where her body is? This prolonging is uncalled for. I’m sure her family would be able to rest peacefully if they knew that she was not alive instead of hoping day in and day out that there is a possiblity that she may one day appear.

    • fuzzy wuzzy

      Because why would he give away his last bargaining chip? He won’t give it up now, he’ll most likely go to his grave with that information.

  • KB

    Have to say, i feel the same way. i haven’t seen the “beyond a reasonable doubt” evidence here. hoping that they presented something more than has been seen in the media. i know that we all want to prosecute someone, but without a body or more evidence than what has been seen, i have to wonder if they got it right.

    • Taminator

      They clearly got this one right. 1. He admitted to being with her on the day she disappeared.
      2. The shirt found in his trailer with her blood on it was the SAME shirt seen on him that day on the store video.
      3. He admitted to knowing where her body is, but only agreed to tell the authorities in exchange for a 20 year sentence.
      Also as a side note: His criminal record goes back over 30 years. His rap sheet is 4 pages long and he had been convicted of numerous previous crimes not only in Virginia, but Washington, DC, South Carolina, Florida and New Jersey.

      • athynz

        “TAMINATOR
        They clearly got this one right. 1. He admitted to being with her on the day she disappeared.
        2. The shirt found in his trailer with her blood on it was the SAME shirt seen on him that day on the store video.
        3. He admitted to knowing where her body is, but only agreed to tell the authorities in exchange for a 20 year sentence.
        Also as a side note: His criminal record goes back over 30 years. His rap sheet is 4 pages long and he had been convicted of numerous previous crimes not only in Virginia, but Washington, DC, South Carolina, Florida and New Jersey.”

        1. That alone does not mean he’s guilty – there were others with her the day she disappeared.
        2. This is also circumstantial – how much blood was on the shirt? I’ll grant it’s a stretch but she could have cut herself and he used the shirt as a rough bandage or to wipe the blood off. I’ve done the same when needed.
        3. This is admittedly a sign of his guilt – how else would he know where her body is much less know for a “fact” she is dead.
        Your side note also does not prove his guilt in this crime if a crime actually took place. I’ve said all along something is off with this – at least going by what information was made available to the public. Barring her safe return I truly hope that they have the right man and that they find her remains so the family can have closure.

      • Troll

        athynz ……. WOW, what a play for attention. Only you (and possibly Becky) could use so many words and say nothing at all new or of substance, or nothing that isn’t already obvious, or skirt the point of the message. You have your girly green icon and lots of words on the screen so you’ve satisfied your need for attention. athynz is truely the Village Idiot, freak, and liar. Get professional help.

      • Taminator

        Athynz-No. 2 is NOT circumstantial evidence. It is physical evidence linking Taylor to Alexis. Had she sustained an accidental injury requiring the use of the t-shirt off his back then most likely it would have been severe enough to warrant medical attention. Do not forget that initially Taylor denied even knowing or being with Alexis UNTIL he discovered the police had evidence proving otherwise. Following this he suddenly did admit to being with her on the day she disappeared and said she was there, but had left with another man who was never identified nor would the police ever find evidence of another person being involved. Also found on Taylor’s property was her cellphone (someone had removed the battery and attempted to destroy it), hair samples and an earring belonging to Alexis. And as we all NOW know he has admitted to knowing where her body is and was willing to reveal the location in exchange for a lighter sentence. If that isn’t a clear admission of guilt I don’t know what is! The only reason I made a side note was to show that it is not like Taylor was some poor, down on his luck law-abiding citizen who was being railroaded by the police. The man has been a criminal all his life. At least now he can no longer hurt another person and there is one less killer on the street. Way to go to Alexis’s family for refusing to make a deal with the devil insuring he will never see the light of day again. My heart goes out to them.

      • Belsma

        ATHYNZ..You always want someone to have a trial before you decide to hang ‘em. He had his trial and he was found guilty and now he has been sentenced. So, what gives?

      • athynz

        “TROLL
        athynz ……. WOW, what a play for attention. Only you (and possibly Becky) could use so many words and say nothing at all new or of substance, or nothing that isn’t already obvious, or skirt the point of the message. You have your girly green icon and lots of words on the screen so you’ve satisfied your need for attention. athynz is truely the Village Idiot, freak, and liar. Get professional help.”

        You can’t ever prove I lied and yet you keep on calling me a liar. Why is that David? In fact why can’t you do as you promised and leave me alone? Instead you keep right on giving me attention. Somebody call David the whaaaambulance – there is a lot of crying going on from him.

        “TAMINATOR

        Athynz-No. 2 is NOT circumstantial evidence. It is physical evidence linking Taylor to Alexis. Had she sustained an accidental injury requiring the use of the t-shirt off his back then most likely it would have been severe enough to warrant medical attention. ”

        It is and I mentioned my reasoning behind this – along with the question of how much blood was on the shirt. If the shirt was saturated then yes you’re right, if it’s just a bit say the size of one’s thumbprint then no as that would not require medical attention – at least more more than a band aid.

        “BELSMA
        ATHYNZ..You always want someone to have a trial before you decide to hang ‘em. He had his trial and he was found guilty and now he has been sentenced. So, what gives?”

        Something just seems off with this whole case – and it’s more than the courts having more evidence than was presented here. It’s a gut feeling combined with the fact that when this first broke everyone was commenting that he was guilty due to his looks. I’m curious to see what happens during the appeal – if he’s still found guilty then so be it.

    • Paula

      Bloody clothes, broken nails, his dna on a shirt with her blood. What more do you want? Would this be enough for you if this was your daughter?
      .

    • Sam

      He would make a good case for prison labor camps or chain gangs to pay for their keep. Yeh, I know it is somehow unconstitutional. That pesky constitution.

    • Dustin Cavanaugh

      They should agree to the deal if he is telling the whole truth. If he did not kill her a killer is still out there. These parents are being selfish and not considering the bigger picture.

      • Paula

        Dustin how dare you call her family selfish because they don’t bar in with his dirty###. They don’t owe him NOTHING. What wrong with you?

      • Taminator

        The Murphy family is being selfish???? What a cruel thing to say after the great loss this family has suffered. Her mother stated that their family refused to make any deals with a murderer and I don’t blame them. There was more than enough evidence to prove that Taylor killed Alexis and knowing where her body is just further confirmation of this fact. Those of you who continue to believe he did not kill her need to remember that when the police initially suspected Taylor (based upon the store video) he claimed he did not know her. Then when they obtained a search warrant of his property and told him they found a hair of hers he changed his story that she was inside his trailer that day, but left with another unknown black male. Their physical evidence consisted of her cellphone being found (destroyed) on his property,an earring, hair samples and most damning a t-shirt (the SAME tshirt Taylor had on in the store video) with a substantial amount of Alexis’s blood on it. Now he knows where the body is and will tell in exchange for 20 years instead of life???? Clearly no reasonable argument for his innocence can be made and if he was not the killer he would have told the truth and provided more information about who the actual killer was since he would have been “close” enough to this person to have known the site of her remains. There was no evidence ever of another person being involved.

      • Belsma

        Really Dustin? Selfish? What would be selfish is to accept the deal to find out where Alexis is and let this POS out to hurt more girls and families! I don’t know how they contained themselves. The family has handled this horrible situation with respect and class, which is much more than I could probably do if I was ever in their situation. I have a teenage daughter and if I thought someone put a finger on her in harm..well, I would go ballistic. Do you have children?

      • Paula

        Belsma you are 100% right. I dont think I could have sat in the court without jumping on that fuzzy srumbag and twist that neck of his and the lawyer that was defending him. As for Dustin calling the family selfish he has no idea what they family been through..

      • Dustin Cavanaugh

        I have a child which is why I am saying what I am saying. If what he is saying is true the murderer is still out there. THAT is why they are being selfish. They could at least consider altering the plea if he can provide evidence of who the murderer is. Ignoring it would mean that they risk having another killing because the killer is still on the lose. Unlike you people I think with my brain and not my heart.

    • Alan Caviness

      I don’t think he will last too long in prison myself. And, he will probably be convinced to tell where her body is too. Prisoners don’t take to kind to child killers. Stay tuned.

  • Bruce Collier

    there’s always been alot going on with this guy it seems.I used to live in that area,and young women going missing and never being seen again or turning up deceased has gone on for quite some time.There is a young woman from Orange that went missing and to this day has never been seen again and guess who the last person was to be seen with her?Yes,him.There was the girl from Va.Tech that disappeared from the Metallica concert in Charlottesville.There was one many years before that that disappeared in the Culpepper area.I just have a suspicion about this guy,and I have a hope that maybe all these disappearances will come to an end now.

    • Psy-Ko Smiley

      I live in Charlottesville and you’re right there is an unusually high number of missing/murdered women around here. I hope he is responsible for them all because it will mean no one has to worry about him anymore. 20 years ha! Hope they don’t bargain with him, as much as I know the family would like to know this guy deserves to rot in jail.

      • Bruce Collier

        back I guess in the 90’s there was someone trying to flag down women on Rt 29 between Culpepper and Greene,trying to “warn”them that their car was sparking or smoking or something.One of them turned up dead.This man worked for a used car dealership in Ruckersville cleaning up cars for resale.The young girl from Orange I mentioned before,but the police apparently botched the case and he got off on a technicality.So he goes to the Lovingston area and lo and behold,Alexis goes missing…coincidence? I have my doubts.I suspect he’s responsible for more than just her.

      • Scott

        Taylor offered to lead authorities to the body of Alexis Murphy if he was sentenced to 20 years. The Murphy family stated they did not want Taylor to only receive 20 years for the murder of their daughter so the offer was rejected. They have the right man. Just because another crime occurred does not mean taylor is innocent in the murder of Alexis Murphy.

      • Paula

        Bo that don’t mean they got the wrong man because other women is missing. That mean that there another piece of #### out there.

  • edison cates

    whole thing seems fishy, i agree with some of the other commenters does seem like they had “beyond reasonable doubt” evidence. they guy look like a creep, but that doesn’t always mean he is guilty of THIS crime. i guess time will tell, since their have been a high number of abductions in the area if they stop prolly him..if they continue they prolly got the wrong guy

  • athynz

    The jury must have been privy to much more information than has been given to come up with this verdict… however with him admitting he knows where her body is – and presuming that he knows for a fact she is dead – it appears the jury made the right call. It’ll be interesting to see what develops during the appeal.

  • Jay

    Hmmmm….he might be a low life scum guilty of many things; but, with no body I find it hard to believe “beyond a reasonable doubt” is the case here.
    Likely a very religious self-righteous jury who “know” the truth. They probably looked into his eyes and saw a “dark soul”.

    • Jay

      I have no idea….I’m sure there was plenty of evidence the jury heard that we don’t know of….the possible theories are limitless….many are probably “reasonable”.

  • Belsma

    If he knows where her body is, why did he not come forward from the get go? Now there is a third person involved? REALLY? He is a sociopath IMO. He does not profile black girls? Did anyone read what a witness said about his comments about Alexis in previous articles? Why would he “profile” any girls? Very telling..

    • sw

      DNA is not always a smoking gun. Your DNA could be found on someone’s clothes if you had been there but doesn’t mean you murdered the person. That is not by any means a smoking gun. I am the first to say this guy looks like a creep and could of very well killed her but something about this case really bothers me. I really want to know what other kind of evidence they had because what has been reported in the media was not enough to convict this guy beyond a reasonable doubt. I know we want someone to pay but if we start convicting people just because we think they did it then no one can count on a fair trial in this country. Time will tell. I hope they did get the right person and the real murderer is not still running loose.

      • Bruce Collier

        There WAS other evidence.In his home her hair was found,a fingernail that was hers that had been ripped off her body and a ear ring also of hers bloody,ripped from her.Her cell phone was found just yards from his home with the battery removed.The shirt with her blood on it.Now,his offer to reveal where her body is in exchange for a lighter sentence…yeah,they got the right guy,and my guess is that this young woman wasn’t the only one.Did anyone see the interview he did after the conviction?This guy is a stone cold killer and liar.

      • Belsma

        There was a gag order in place early on, so we don’t know all of the evidence that LE has. I am guessing the gag won’t be lifted for some time since they are appealing. We do know that her DNA was found in his home and he was on video at the gas station with her. We know that the person he pointed the finger at had nothing to do with it and was not even there. We know that her cell was found on his property, and as far as I know it was too destroyed to get much off of it, it anything at all. Investigators found multiple cell phones on his property. It’s all sealed though. We don’t know who they belonged to. If they were all of his old cast off’s that would have been reported. They were not all his is my guess.

  • manalishi

    Lawd! The headline changed! “Lawyer: Randy Taylor knows location of Alexis Murphy’s body” The new headline change is custom designed to mock all you liberal democrats that think water boarding is a cruel idea. Might i suggest enlisting the help of some Mr. Bubbles for entertainment purposes during the procedure..

    • Hating Manalishi

      Shut the phuck up!!!# I’m sure he is a stupid a$$ Republican just like you. He did it & you know it. I agree with most of the posters on here.

    • Robbie

      Manimoronishi has opened his pathetic mouth again. Before spending a love filled night with his George Bush blow up doll he had to post one last pathetic thought from his pathetic mind. Torture as a means of getting a confession went out years ago in this country. Try going through today without thinking with your pathetic little Limbaugh.

      • manalishi

        You need to change your diet Knobbie. Go take an Obama and dont forget to wipe your hillary. “chump”

      • manalishi

        O wait? you just Robbie just protected the safety and interest of a child killer? Democrats are all the same. “chumps”

    • Bruce Collier

      waterboard? This guy is an animal,and he deserves no more consideration than an animal.I could elaborate but I’d lose credibility.Have a nice life (in prison) Mr.Taylor…I hope someone snaps your neck like a twig,

  • Dustin Cavanaugh

    If anyone else goes missing it’s on the prosecution for not following this lead. He very much likely DID NOT act alone and he probably truthfully DID NOT kill her but he knows who did because he DOES have a part in it. You don’t have to be a killer to be accessory to murder. If anyone else goes missing it’s on the prosecution and this girls parents for failing to think of anyone but themselves. He is already sentenced, in 20 years after being in prison he will be old as dirt if not dead. They can term the agreement so that he gets the 20 years only if he points them to not only the body but to the murderer as well and they very much should.

    • Sam

      If your theory is accurate, then the other killer has most likely fled the area, if not the country. Wouldn’t anyone do that if their accomplice may give him up at any time? It would be very difficult to convict the accomplice in that case. Nothing would be gained. Just a guess of course.

  • Paula

    It should have been death for him. He won’t last long in prison when them imates get him. In the begining he said he didn’t know where she was but now all of a sudden just to get less time he can tell the family where her body is. He so stupid. If he know where the body that mean he put it there. He never came up with a name for that third person. There is no third person

  • Paula

    It should have been death for him. He won’t last long in prison when them imates get him. In the begining he said he didn’t know where she was but now all of a sudden just to get less time he can tell the family where her body is. He so stupid. If he know where the body that mean he put it there. He never came up with a name for that third person. There is no third person.

  • Dee Cee

    If this scumbag knew this information all along, why didn’t he use this to his advantage BEFORE the trial?? Now he waits until sentencing to cough up this vital information up??!! And some posters actually believe that he may be telling the truth, and chooses this moment to come clean. Riiight. I don’t blame the family, I wouldn’t belive his lying a$$ either.
    thought “smart”

  • Peanutbutter&jelly

    I wish this didn’t happen to alexis,I wish this didn’t happen.. None deserves this. God bless this family.

  • nathan thompson

    The problem with the blood evidence is this:
    without a suitable test sample of blood provided by Alexis they can not prove the blood on the shirt is actually hers. The shirt was found with her hair in it. The hair has dna so right there the blood evidence is contaminated with trace dna. The problem with that is what the news wouldnt tell you about testimoney provided under cross examination that revealed the fbi had her dna from her hair brush and personal articles in her mother’s home days before finding it at Taylors camper. The feds searched his trailer first on monday and the fbi agent testified that she specifically tipped the couch over and examined underneath it and found no shirt or blood. 3 days later that is exactly where the bloody shirt was found bya different officer. I sat in on closing arguments in this case and the news is only telling you half the story. If he gets a new trial in a different location upon appeal he will walk on all charges as the evidence on him is horribly tainted by corruption or incompetence.

      • Taminator

        Like you Bruce, I CANNOT understand those here who still think this man is innocent and believable! He has done nothing, but told lie after lie. Then when all the lies comes home to roost and he has no reasonable explanation for his lies or anything that can refute the evidence against him he suddenly decides to reveal the location of her body for a 20 year sentence. Once again I say hats off to the family of Alexis Murphy and the prosecution for refusing to make a deal with the devil.

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