NEW: Murder Trial Set To Begin In Alexis Murphy Case

17-Year-Old Nelson County Girl Went Missing In August

Posted: May 1, 2014

A man charged with murdering a missing Nelson County teenager is going on trial.

Randy Taylor's trial starts this morning in Nelson County Circuit Court and is expected to last about two weeks. The 48-year-old Taylor is charged with first-degree murder and abduction with intent to defile.

Seventeen-year-old Alexis Murphy of Shipman disappeared last August. She was last seen at a gas station in Lovingston. Authorities found her car several days later in an Albemarle County parking lot.

Taylor's attorney sought a change of venue because of heavy news coverage of the case in Nelson County. Circuit Judge J. Michael Gamble denied the motion in February.



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