The Nelson County prosecutor says the man accused of abducting Alexis Murphy has now been charged with murder in connection with the case. Nelson Commonwealth’s Attorney Anthony Martin says a grand jury has indicted Randy Allen Taylor (pictured) on a first-degree murder charge. The 17-year-old Murphy has not been seen since last August. The grand jury handed down the indictment even though there’s been no sign of Murphy. Taylor is scheduled to stand trial on the abduction charge February 3rd. A hearing in the case is scheduled for Monday afternoon.
News release from Anthony Martin:
For immediate release date: January 6, 2014
re: Alexis Murphy case
from: Anthony Martin, Commonwealth’s Attorney
On August 3, 2013, 17-year-old Alexis Murphy of Shipman, Va. went missing. The Nelson County Sheriff’s Office, the Virginia State Police & the FBI launched a joint investigation which resulted in the arrest of Randy Allen Taylor who was charged with the abduction of Alexis Murphy on August 11th. Taylor was subsequently charged in November 2013 with larceny of a 4-wheeler, which was unrelated to the Alexis Murphy case. Both of those matters are currently scheduled for trials next month in the Nelson County Circuit Court. In the meantime, a special grand jury was impanelled at my request to hear evidence and to consider indictments that I prepared regarding the Alexis Murphy case. After the evidence was presented to the special grand jury last Thursday, Jan. 2nd, Randy Allen Taylor has been indicted on the following offenses:
• first-degree murder of Alexis Murphy.
• first-degree felony murder, i.e. murder of Alexis Murphy during the commission of abduction;
• abduction of Alexis Murphy with intent to defile; and
• another unrelated grand larceny charge.
The return of indictments only means that the grand jury found that probable cause exists for the charges I mentioned and that Randy Taylor should go on trial for those charges. The defendant is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The defendant will appear in the circuit court this afternoon at 3:00 p.m. where he will be served with the new indictments. That is all that I am able to state at this time until the hearing this afternoon. Thank you.