What happened to Alexis Murphy? Trial begins for man suspected of killing Nelson County teen

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NELSON COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) - Randy Taylor, 48, appeared in Nelson County court Thursday as his first-degree murder and abduction trial got underway. Taylor is accused of abducting and killing Lovingston teenager Alexis Murphy.

It took a full eight hours to seat a jury that will decide Taylor's fate. Murphy's loved ones said they were pleased with the diverse makeup of the jury that included eight women and six men.

Murphy, 17,  was last seen Aug. 03, 2013. Prosecutors charged Taylor with murder despite the fact police never found Murphy's body.

Taylor has admitted he was with Murphy the last day she was seen alive, but contends he was not the last person to see her. He claimed Murphy left Taylor's home with another man during a drug deal.

In court Thursday, Taylor appeared in front of a small crowd, comprised mostly of Alexis Murphy's family, wearing a humble shirt and tie and plead not guilty to all charges.

Opening statements were scheduled to begin Friday morning.


  • Dustin Cavanaugh

    100 bucks says the gag order to the media is so they can railroad him with bo actual evidence other than the current circumstantial.

  • Belsma

    Dustin, they have plenty of evidence of something gone wrong. I suspect the gag order is because of the small towns and they are too tight knit. Gossip is a favorite pastime.

  • Concerned

    When you’re talking courts and trials, most of the time they tell you what their motives are, because the judge has to know to make a decision.

    In this case they expressed concern that releasing the information early could lead to problems with jury selection. In other words, local people would all know the details of the case before they were even called to jury duty, which means they could have problems being impartial, which means the judge might move the trial.

    It could be that prosecutors thought the details were shocking enough to catch everyone’s attention and create a lot of outrage before the trial even started.

    I think that’s a valid concern. After reading just this little bit, I’m outraged already.

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