March 31, 2014
Randy Allen Taylor, the man charged with the first-degree murder of 17-year-old Alexis Murphy, appeared before a judge in Nelson County Circuit Court on Monday morning.
With 30 days until the first-degree murder trial begins, a judge heard pretrial motions Monday.
After a motion put forward by the Commonwealth's Attorney, the judge decided to close the hearing and asked all members of the media and public to leave the courtroom.
Evidence, search warrants, and possible a statement by Taylor were to be presented.
The judge said media coverage of potentially inadmissible evidence could taint the jury pool and impact the defendant's right to a fair trial.
Alexis Murphy disappeared nearly 8 months ago from Lovingston. She was last scene at a gas station on August 3rd, and her car was found days later in Albemarle County. A body still has not been found.
Taylor is charged with first-degree murder and abduction with intent to defile. He has maintained his innocence. The trial is set to begin on May 1.