January 6, 2014
The Nelson County commonwealth attorney announced that a special grand jury has indicted Randy Allen Taylor with the murder of Alexis Murphy.
On Thursday, Jan. 2nd, a grand jury indicted Taylor on charges of first-degree murder of Murphy.
The indictment also includes first-degree felony murder of Murphy during abduction, abduction of Murphy with the intent to defile, and an unrelated grand larceny charge.
Taylor appeared in circuit court on Monday afternoon, Jan. 6th, to be served with the above indictments.
His trial is scheduled for May 1st through 14th, and he will be tried by jury.
January 5, 2014
Prosecutors in Nelson County have called a press conference for Monday morning regarding Alexis Murphy's disappearance.
Randy Taylor, the suspect in the 17-year-old's abduction, is due in Nelson County Circuit Court for a motions hearing on Monday at 3 p.m. Commonwealth's attorney Anthony Martin announced Sunday a press conference scheduled for 10 a.m.
The email announcement did not contain details about what topics would be covered.
We consulted Newsplex legal analyst Scott Goodman about what kind of information is and is not typically shared at a press conference like this one. He says we probably will not be hearing that Taylor made any kind of a deal.
"It's very unlikely that any kind of an announcement about a plea bargain or a plea agreement would take place at a press conference prior to a hearing in court. If there's going to be a plea agreement, it would happen first in court, and then after that the commonwealth's attorney would hold a press conference explaining why he entered into the plea agreement," said Goodman. "It's very unlikely that such an announcement would come prior to a hearing in court."
Goodman says it is also unlikely that the announcement will be able any charges being dropped.
"It's more likely that a prosecutor will be announcing additional charges, upgraded charges against Mr. Taylor, or possibly the arrest of a second person or third person where evidence has come to the commonwealth's attorney's attention that would warrant such an additional arrest," said Goodman.
Alexis Murphy went missing on Aug. 3 from a Lovingston gas station. Taylor was arrested about a week later and charged with abduction, but authorities have not released many details about the suspect's connection with the missing teen.
Last month, a judge issued a gag order in the case.