Oct. 23, 2013
The case against a man charged with abducting a Nelson County teenager is moving forward.
At a hearing Wednesday, a judge set aside February 3 to 14 for the trial of Randy Allen Taylor.
Taylor is accused of abducting 17-year-old Alexis Murphy, who hasn't been seen since she disappeared from Lovingston on August 3.
Commonwealth's attorney Anthony Martin revealed Wednesday that he currently has about 50 witnesses in the case.
In court, Taylor maintained his innocence, saying if he were to be arraigned Wednesday, he would have pleaded not guilty. Taylor will formally be arraigned at a later date.
Alexis' great aunt sat through Wednesday's hearing. She says she still believes Taylor is behind Alexis' disappearance.
"The man responsible for abducting Alexis was in that courtroom today. He's the only man responsible," said Trina Murphy. "It's clear that he's a predator and he is relentless and he doesn't have any remorse for what he's done."
While a trial date pushes the case one step further, Alexis' family says the next few months will continue to be difficult.
"Obviously it's going to be hard during the holidays," said Alexis' aunt Angela Taylor. "Thanksgiving, even Halloween -- Alexis liked Halloween. It's not going to get any easier from this. It hasn't been easy. It's only going to be tough for the holidays to have her place at the table and not have her there."
Trina Murphy says she remains optimistic investigators and authorities are doing what they can to find Alexis.
"We had and continue to have the best team possible assembled to find Alexis and to bring Randy Allen Taylor to justice, and that's exactly what will happen," said Trina Murphy.
Taylor is also charged with receiving stolen property. That charge is not tied to Alexis’ disappearance. A trial has been set for February 18 on that charge.
On Friday, Nelson County High School will host a "Pink Out" event in honor of Alexis at the football game. Pink is the missing teen's favorite color, which has become a symbol in her search. Attendees are encouraged to wear pink to show support.