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NELSON COUNTY, Va. — The Nelson County Commonwealth’s Attorney has ordered an analysis of social media accounts held by Alexis Murphy, CBS 6 reporter Laura French confirmed Thursday. The exact number of accounts and nature of the analysis remained unclear.

The analysis was requested by the attorney for Randy Taylor. Taylor was sentenced to two-life terms for abducting and killing Murphy, even though her body was never found.  Taylor’s attorney wanted to determine if there were any social media connections between Murphy and Jesse Matthew Jr.

Murphy, 17, disappeared last summer when she left her Nelson County home for Lynchburg to do some shopping. Matthew, 32, is in jail charged with abducting 18-year-old University of Virginia student Hannah Graham last month and sexually assaulting a Fairfax woman in 2005.

He has also been linked to the disappearance of Morgan Harrington, the Virginia Tech student who disappeared in Charlottesville in 2009. Harrington’s body was found several months later on an Albemarle County farm. That farm is just a few miles from where human remains, which tests could reveal to be Hannah Graham’s remains, were found over the weekend.

Taylor’s attorney also asked Murphy’s car be tested for evidence that could link her to Matthew. There was DNA found in Murphy’s car that did not match Taylor.

Matthew's DNA would not have been tested during the Murphy case because it was in a state database prior to Graham's disappearance, French said. Matthew's DNA profile is now in both the state and federal databases.

Murphy’s family members said they did not think the testing would change anything in the case against Randy Taylor.

"I’d be surprised if it did. Honestly, I would be surprised," Alexis' aunt Trina Murphy said.

Last month Nelson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Anthony Martin stated there was no evidence Matthew was connected to Murphy's disappearance.

"In recent days, there has been much discussion in news reports and on social media as to whether or not there is any connection between the case involving Jesse Leroy Matthew, Jr., charged in connection with missing UVa. student Hannah Graham and Randy Allen Taylor who was convicted in May 2014 for abduction with intent to defile and the first degree murder of Alexis Murphy,” Martin wrote on September 24.

Specifically, he said, Matthew Jr. was not the man Taylor tried to “implicate in his trial of being with Alexis Murphy when she left Taylor’s camper in August 2013.” Taylor implicated another man, who was later cleared, Martin said. Martin said neither Matthew’s name nor any vehicle that matched the description of Matthew’s car came up during the Taylor investigation and subsequent.

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"Some have questioned whether or not the surveillance video from Liberty Gas Station the night Alexis Murphy disappeared show her walking behind the back of an object some say looks like Jesse Matthews’ vehicle," Martin said. "FBI and Virginia State Police have re-examined that footage in light of these concerns and are confident that the orange object is not a vehicle, but a portion of a sign hanging from the window."

9 comments

  • Lacedaemon

    Did anyone think to ask Jesse Mathews if he had attempted to consummate any communications with Alex? Was he asked if he met with Alex Murphy, for any reason? Sometimes the direct approach is the most straight forward, honest and the best response for all parties.

    • Amos

      Almost seems from the beginning they’ve trumped up charges on the man. He walked in and out of the police station and drove away, without even being interrogated. When they realized they needed to have him apprehended they spied on his vehicle to trumped up a speeding charge such that they could issue a warrant for his arrest. The man obviously has a grimy history, and its sketchy why he would drive all the way to Texas….but its tough for me not to wonder if the CPD is rushing to convict the man to cover their missteps and boost the morale of the town. It seems almost unreal that they could link him to 3 murders of teenage girls, and not even think to interrogate the man as he walked in and out of their precinct.
      They have yet to declare whether or not the dead body belonged to Miss Graham, but the police seem to have rushed to judgement in the way they have reported it to the public. If that body doesn’t belong to Graham, they’ve still got themselves a fresh dead body on their hands….I only pray for justice

      • NRVA2

        … also, the victim report of the description of the assailant in the N. Va. attacked does not in any way match that of Jessie Matthew. It’s reported that the victim doesn’t speak english so it’s possible some errors occurred there or that she was simply extremely traumatized and terrified. Will be interesting to see what comes out in that trial.

      • Mark Pancerella

        Rush to judgment? This has been one of the most deliberate cases by the Police that I can recall seeing. They have Jesse Matthew’s DNA evidence at three different crime scenes… hardly a matter of “trumped up charges” or covering for “missteps” in the investigation. Sure I wouldn’t have let him leave the police station, but at that time, they didn’t have the evidence tying him to the other cases. Andy by the way, the body was confirmed to be that of Hannah Graham earlier today. God rest her soul and those of all the other girls that this monster has killed.

      • James Regal

        I can tell you voted for Obama… You believe in fiary Tails…..You have ignored a ton of facts in this case.. Matthews has raped 2 other women on college campus’s and was never charged with them… Hey dude your on some real good dope…

    • NRVA2

      I’m wondering, too, why the same scrutiny wasn’t given to Hannah Graham’s social media accounts, or at least if it was, none of this information about who she chatted with online has been made public. Just one report about her last tweet about helping a drunk girl is all I’ve heard about in the media.

      • Mary

        I am not sure why you would expect the police to lay out their whole case before they arrest & put this sick murderer away. DNA is not trumped up anything. I would not be surprised if they look back far enough, more women missing in areas that he has lived. Where did he grow up, go to school, has he moved around? He did not just start this sick behavior. He is truly EVIL!

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