May 8, 2014
The jury in the Randy Allen Taylor trial returned with a verdict Thursday afternoon: Guilty of all charges.
After almost exactly seven hours of deliberating, jurors concluded that Taylor is guilty in the first-degree murder of 17-year-old Alexis Murphy, as well as guilty of abduction with the intent to defile.
The jury began deliberating at 9:45 this morning. Shortly before 4:00 p.m. the jury re-entered the Nelson County courtroom to announce their verdict.
Jurors recommend Taylor serve the maximum sentence of life in prison on both charges. The minimum punishment is 40 years.
Taylor will be formally sentenced on July 23rd.
Family members of Alexis Murphy began sobbing as soon as the jury delivered the guilty verdicts. At that moment, Taylor turned to his defense attorney and told him, "I don't want to be here anymore. Get me out of here." Taylor then tried to leave the courtroom, but was stopped by court deputies.
Family members of Alexis Murphy thanked members of community and law enforcement for their help in conviction of Taylor. They say they are now experiencing a little bit of closure to Alexis' disappearance, but won't find full closure until her body is found.
Nelson County Commonwealth's Attorney Anthony Martin said he appreciates the jury's decision, which put a dangerous man behind bars.