Analyst: Taylor Interview Rare, Unlikely to Impact Sentencing

By: Chris Stover Email
By: Chris Stover Email

May 13, 2014

Convicted killer Randy Taylor spoke exclusively to the Newsplex on Monday where me maintains his innocence in connection to the disappearance and death of Alexis Murphy.

A move like that is rare for a defendant to make, especially when the trial isn't complete.

"It's a very, very calculated move on his part. I think he knew exactly what he was doing," legal analyst Scott Goodman said. "He wanted to be able to get the word out and and just simply say, 'I did not do it,' and have people hear that in his own voice."

From the regional jail, Taylor maintained his innocence in the abduction and murder of the Nelson County teenager.

"I did not murder Alexis Murphy," Taylor said. "I did not abduct Alexis Murphy."

What makes Taylor's public comments odd is that his trial is still ongoing.

"It's very common for lawyers to tell their client not to make statements, not to go on the record, not to answer any questions, especially until the trial is over," Goodman said.

Taylor is due back in court for formal sentencing this summer and faces two life terms for the abduction and murder charges.

"So now, with really very little to lose, he's decided to speak out so he can give his side of it in a way where the prosecution can't counter with some of the questions he would've been subjected to," Goodman said.

Many have questioned why, if Taylor is speaking out now, he didn't take the stand in his own defense over the course of the trial.

"Mr. Taylor, I don't think, had good answers for a lot of the questions he would've been asked at a trial, and he knew that," Goodman said. "He would've spent most of his time on the witness stand explaining why he lied so many times."

Taylor said in the interview he plans to appeal the conviction. But Goodman said Taylor might not get the results he wanted from an on-camera interview.

"I'm sure that someone who has been shown to have lied so many times is not given much credibility by anybody that listens to what he has to say now," he said.

Goodman said it wouldn't be wise to speak until after the appeals process is complete, but that process can't even begin until after the sentencing takes place.

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