Family Member of Alexis Murphy Respond to Suspect's Claim

August 15, 2013

Randy Allen Taylor's attorney says there was a drug deal on the night of August 3rd, when Alexis Murphy was last seen. He says Taylor was not the last person to see her, but Alexis' family doesn’t believe him.

"He's entitled to put his story out there just like we're entitled to put Alexis' story out there," says Trina Murphy, Alexis' great-aunt. "But I think it's just that. I think it's a story."

Charlottesville Attorney Michael Hallahan is defending Taylor, the man charged with abduction in connection to the disappearance of Alexis.

Hallahan has told Taylor's side of the story to WDBJ in Roanoke, which circles around marijuana.

Trina Murphy said, "I don't think a person of his caliber would need to ask a 17-year-old girl where to get weed. He probably has weed dealers on speed dial in his phone. Why ask her."

Hallahan says Taylor and Alexis talked about smoking marijuana last month at the car wash where he worked. On August 3rd, at the Liberty gas station, Taylor claims he asked Alexis for a dealer.

Taylor's attorney describes the dealer as a black male in his 20's, who sold Taylor some weed and then left Taylor's home at the same time as Alexis.

Trina Murphy says Alexis was home most of Friday and Saturday nights and has never smelled or seen any sign of marijuana with her niece.

"You know, I'm a nurse so pupils are dilated so you're not gonna pass that by me as a lay person. I'm a nurse so I know what that looks like."

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