Sentencing, Possible Appeal Next for Taylor

May 9, 2014

On Thursday a Nelson County jury found Randy Allen Taylor guilty for the abduction and murder of Alexis Murphy. The trial may be over, but for Murphy's family questions linger.

17-year-old Murphy was last seen in Lovingston on August 3rd. During the investigation into her disappearance, Murphy's body was never found.

"This has brought my family some sort of closure, obviously we need Alexis, her remains, found, so we can have some proper closure, but, until that happens, then this is gonna have to sustain that," said Murphy's Aunt, Angela Taylor.

Attorney Scott Goodman says it's possible, but not likely, that a sentencing consideration could be made if Taylor reveals where Murphy's body is.

"The defense could maybe offer well if he tells you where the body is, if he helps you get closure, maybe he will get some consideration," said Goodman. "I'm not so sure that that would be a proposal seriously considered by the Commonwealth or the court."

On Thursday the jury recommended Taylor get the maximum punishment for his crimes, two life sentences in prison. However, it will be up to a judge to make the final decision.

"Almost always, especially in a case like this, with very high community input and interest, a jury has already made a recommendation a court will go along with what a jury recommends," said Goodman.

The judge can consider giving Taylor a lesser sentence than what the jury recommended.

Goodman says there is no doubt Taylor's defense team will try to appeal. He says that the defense aimed toward the appeals court the entire trial, trying to poke holes in the prosecution's case.

Final sentencing will happen in July, and the defense will have 30 days after to apply for an appeal. The entire appeals process could take a few months to as many as two years.

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