August 22, 2013
Randy Allen Taylor left the Nelson County courthouse, still in shackles, headed back to the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail, where he'll remain, without bond.
On Thursday, Taylor's lawyer argued in court that investigators arrested the wrong man. His lawyer showed a picture of a black man with corn rows, saying, "this individual has seen Alexis since (Taylor) has seen Alexis."
The lawyer refused to give the man's name.
And while leaving the courtroom, Taylor’s lawyer wouldn't give any other explanation about who the alleged other suspect is, or how he got a picture of him.
Alexis' great-aunt, Trina Murphy, doesn't buy it.
“I think the last man to see Alexis is sitting beside his attorney.”
But the evidence against Taylor was not made public, and the media was ordered out of the courtroom while it was presented. Commonwealth's Attorney Anthony Martin explains it would "jeopardize the right to a fair trial."
Trina Murphy says the family understands why they can't be told everything.
“I was upset when I was told I couldn't go in the courtroom. But this is not about me and it's not about Randy Allen Taylor. It's about Alexis.”
After hearing the evidence, though, Taylor's attorney said, "everything the Commonwealth said doesn't come close to bringing an abduction charge."
However, the judge ordered Taylor kept behind bars.
Trina Murphy says, that shows that prosecutors have strong evidence.
“Obviously they're doing what they're supposed to do because he got no bond.”
As for her reaction to seeing the man accused of abducting her niece, in court for the first time?
“It was difficult, and that's all I'm going to say.”
Taylor decided to waive his right to a preliminary hearing, which means the evidence will go directly to a grand jury.
Below is the full statement from Commonwealth’s Attorney Anthony Martin:
"A bail hearing was held in the Nelson County Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court this afternoon for Randy Allen Taylor who is charged with abduction in connection with the Alexis Murphy case.
"Based on the evidence presented by the Commonwealth; and the defendant’s prior record, Judge A. Ellen White, the presiding judge, denied Randy Taylor’s request for bond and ordered that he continue to be held without bail.
"After bail was denied, the defendant waived his right to a preliminary hearing on the felony abduction charge meaning that the case will go automatically to the Nelson County Circuit Court Grand Jury which meets September 24, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. The grand jury will decide whether to indict Taylor for abduction."
Search crews have returned to the home of the suspect in the disappearance of missing Nelson County teenager, Alexis Murphy.
The suspect, Randy Allen Taylor, is expected to appear in a Nelson County courtroom on Thursday afternoon.
Attorneys in the case will argue in court whether Taylor should be let out on bond.
A judge has ordered the courtroom closed, meaning no one from the public or media will be allowed in.
A coalition of media outlets, including CBS19, have filed a motion to allow reporters into the courtroom