Randy Taylor to be Sentenced for Murder of Alexis Murphy

July 23, 2014

A man convicted of abducting and killing a Nelson County teenager is due back in court Wednesday afternoon for sentencing.

Back in May, 48-year-old Randy Allen Taylor was found guilty of the killing 17-year-old Alexis Murphy.

Jurors recommended two life sentences for Taylor, the maximum punishment for his crimes. However, it's up the judge today to make the final decision on what Taylor's sentence will actually be.

Alexis Murphy went missing in August 2013. Taylor was arrested days later after video surveillance footage showed him at a Lovingston gas station talking to Alexis, which was the last place she was seen.

Taylor was charged with first-degree murder in commission of an abduction and abduction with intent to defile.

Murphy’s body has never been found, and CBS19’s legal analyst says that could play into sentencing: If Taylor were to reveal where her body was, then he may get some consideration, although that possibility isn't likely.

Taylor is scheduled to be sentenced this afternoon. Once that happens, the defense will have 30 days to appeal his case. The appeals process could take a few months to as many as two years.

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