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Man indicted on murder charge, teen Alexis Murphy still missing

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Posted at 10:39 AM, Jan 06, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-06 10:39:12-05

A first degree murder indictment has been returned by a grand jury against the man accused in the disappearance of Alexis Murphy, Nelson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Anthony Martin announced Monday.

According to WTVR, Murphy’s parents stood behind Martin on the announcement.

A grand jury indicted Randy Taylor on the following charges:

  1. First Degree Murder (of Alexis Murphy)
  2. First Degree Felony Murder (murder of Alexis Murphy during commission of a felony)
  3. Abduction (of Alexis Murphy) with Intent to Defile
  4. Grand Larceny (unrelated to Alexis Murphy case)

“The return of the indictments only means that the grand jury found that probable cause exists for the charges I mentioned and that Randy Taylor should go on trial for those charges,” Martin said.

Taylor is due in court Monday afternoon where he will be served with the new indictments.

Taylor was arrested less than two weeks after Murphy’s Aug. 3 disappearance. The 17-year-old girl, who is still missing, was last seen in surveillance photos at a gas station in Lovingston.  Taylor was also seen at that gas station, talking to Murphy.

Taylor is being held without bond at the Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Jail.

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