Judge Kenneth Farrar appointed a new public defender for Randy Taylor late on Tuesday.

According to Nelson County Court records, Michael J. Hallahan will now represent Taylor.

Scott DeBruin was originally appointed to Taylor's case, but because of a conflict of interest he is no longer Taylor’s court-appointed attorney.

Taylor has been charged with abduction in connection to the disappearance of missing Nelson County teenager Alexis Murphy.


Missing Nelson County teenager Alexis Murphy and abduction suspect Randy Taylor were both seen at a Lovingston gas station on the day of her disappearance, according to a Nelson County detective.

Detective Billy Mays said that Taylor and Murphy were both seen on surveillance video from the Liberty Gas station around 7 p.m. August 3. According to Mays, the two were not seen together, but they were both at the gas station on Saturday around the same time.

According to Mays, they have thoroughly searched the areas where all tips have led them. Investigators were hopeful those areas would lead them to Murphy, but she is still missing.

"We know we have our guy," Mays said. "Now it is a matter of finding Alexis."

The criminal investigation will continue until they find Murphy, Mays said.

Mays also confirmed to WDBJ7 that detectives have not located Murphy's cell phone at this point.

Earlier Tuesday, Taylor appeared in court and was appointed an attorney. He will be represented by public defender Scott DeBruin of Lynchburg. Taylor was arrested Sunday in connection to the disappearance of the 17-year-old teenager. Taylor didn't say very much at today's hearing, but he did acknowledge the charge.

Judge Kenneth Farrar said: "This is a felony and because of this charge you have the right to an attorney. If you can't afford an attorney I can appoint one for you. You also have the right to hire an attorney or you can waive these rights and have this case tried without an attorney. Do you understand what I've explained to you?"

Taylor replied: "Yes, sir."

Farrar: "Do you wish to have an attorney represent you?"

Taylor: "Yes, sir."

Murphy has not been seen since leaving her Shipman home August 3. Her car was found August 6 near Charlottesville.

Taylor is not due back in court until 10 a.m. January 9 for a preliminary hearing. He is being held without bond at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail. CLICK HERE to see a picture of Taylor in court Tuesday.

Taylor appeared in court for the hearing. He was originally supposed to appear via video conference, but there was an equipment malfunction. He wore a gray jail-issued jumpsuit. His legs were shackled and his hands were in handcuffs. Tattoos were visible on his arms and neck.


Randy Taylor is expected to go before a judge in Nelson County at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

He's the man charged with abducting 17-year-old Alexis Murphy.

Taylor will video conference with a judge for his advisement hearing. He was arrested and charged with abduction on Sunday night by federal investigators. During this advisement hearing, Taylor will be informed of his right to an attorney.

It will all take place at the Nelson County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court since Alexis is considered a minor at the age of 17. Kenneth Farrar will be handling the hearing.

Outside of the courthouse, the search for Alexis continues. It's been 10 days now and still no sign of the missing teen.