July 23, 2014
The fate of Randy Allen Taylor was decided in a Nelson County courtroom late Wednesday afternoon.
The judge decided to uphold the jury's recommended two life sentences for the murder and abduction of Alexis Murphy.
Just before the judge sentenced him, the defense attorney for Taylor offered to disclose the location of Alexis Murphy in a timely manner in exchange for a lesser sentence. It is important to note that they did not say body.
In response, Commonwealth’s Attorney Anthony Martin said they had to weigh the risk of the public against closure for the family. Martin said Taylor had a rap sheet that went on five pages and in over five states and it was important that Taylor stays behind bars. He also said that Taylor has had plenty of opportunities before this point to reveal the location of Murphy.
When Taylor had the chance to defend himself, he told the judge that he didn't kill Alexis Murphy. Taylor said that since the beginning, there was never any question in the detectives’ minds about whether or not he did it. Taylor said they tried to unfairly force a conviction, despite the offer to disclose Murphy’s location and repeated declaration of his own innocence.
Martin read a victim impact statement from Alexis Murphy's mother: She said that she would not wish the pain she has gone through anyone, not even Taylor. The Murphy family feels strongly that the right man will spend time behind bars.
“The DNA doesn't lie,” said Angela Taylor, Alexis’ aunt. “You had the opportunity to plead your case during the trial. No matter where you go or uphold this case, if it's tried somewhere else, the DNA evidence is still there. It's not going to change.”
The judge said he made his decision about the length of the sentence based on Taylor's criminal history, which spans roughly 30 years, the nature of the crime, and their relative difference in age.
Taylor has already indicated that he is going to appeal his conviction. He also plans on retaining the same lawyer for when he does that.