UPDATED: Jury Seated, Murphy Family Reacts to Day 1 of Taylor's Murder Trial

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May 1, 2014

UPDATED: 6:44 p.m.

Alexis Murphy was last seen at a gas station just a few miles from the courthouse, and as jury selection continued throughout the day, it became very clear that finding 12 jurors that had not heard of the case or Randy Taylor was not going to be easy.

"It's a good group of people. Definitely all walks of life represented on the jury so I'm happy with it," said Trina Murphy, great-aunt of Alexis Murphy.

Murphy says she is satisfied with the 8 women and 6 men chosen to serve on the jury for Randy Taylor's murder trial, but getting there was not easy.

The biggest issue for the defense team was finding potential jurors that did not know Randy Taylor or the Murphy's.

Several people admitted to helping with searches for Alexis. Two people told the judge they were already convinced of Taylor's guilt.

Prosecution attorneys wanted to know if potential jurors could convict someone on murder charges without a body. They also asked several questions about social media and drug use -- two topics sure to come up throughout the trial.

Several of Murphy's family members were in the courtroom including her parents, brothers, aunts and grandmother.

The family says they are ready to get this trial started.

"We'll get a good night's rest and it's game on tomorrow," said Murphy.

Randy Taylor was in the courtroom Thursday for all of the proceedings.

He entered his official plea of not guilty to first-degree murder.

Now that jury has been selected, opening statements are scheduled to start Friday.

UPDATED: 5:25 p.m.

Attorneys in Nelson County are having some difficulty seating a jury in Randy Allen Taylor's trial.

Taylor is facing a first-degree murder charge in the death of Alexis Murphy. He has pleaded not guilty.

Nearly 40 prospective jurors have appeared in court since 9:30 Thursday morning. Some said they thought Taylor was guilty, while others had joined the search for Alexis after she went missing in August.

Taylor's attorney did attempt to move the trial to a different venue, but the judge ruled against that.

The judge wants to establish twelve jurors and two alternates by this evening so that the court would like to begin opening statements Friday morning.

Alexis Murphy was last seen at a Lovingston gas station on August 3, 2013. She still hasn't been found.

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