Alexis Murphy's aunt, Trina Murphy, spoke to the media following the hearing. Murphy is happy that Taylor will remain in jail.

"I've never had to look for a missing person and I trust the team that is on this. I do. I have to and the whole family does," Trina Murphy said. "The simple fact is this is a very sensitive case. We're not willing to do anything to jeopardize (Taylor) getting off on a technicality or something jeopardizing Alexis' safety," Trina Murphy said. "This is not about me. This is not about Randy Allen Taylor. This is about Alexis.

She added: "I think the last man to see Alexis is sitting beside his attorney."


Details are emerging from Randy Taylor’s bond hearing in Nelson County.

His attorney, Michael Hallahan, says Taylor has three prior felonies. Two of those are from 20 years ago. Hallahan says Taylor is on probation and is not a flight risk. He is asking for a secured bond.

Taylor intends to live with his son and his son’s mother in Nelson County until the trial begins, if he's granted bond. Taylor is accused of abducting missing 17-year-old Alexis Murphy. She has not been seen since Aug. 3.

Hallahan says Taylor is not responsible for Murphy's disappearance and has cooperated with law enforcement by describing the last man who he says saw Murphy.

Hallahan argued that no evidence has been provided to hold him without bond, let alone be arrested in the first place.

"Nothing about this case justifies my client from being held with no bond," Hallahan argued.

The judge has cleared the court room so more evidence can be given.

Check back soon for more updates.


The bond hearing for a Nelson County abduction suspect will be open to the public and the media.

A judge is in the process of rescinding a previous order stating that Randy Taylor’s bond hearing Thursday would be closed to the public and media.

However, the judge will clear the courtroom if there is sensitive information.

WDBJ7’s Nadine Maeser will be inside the courtroom.

Check back soon for more updates.


Air searches for missing Nelson County teenager Alexis Murphy have stopped, according to an investigator.

Law enforcement is still using dogs to search for the 17-year-old. Murphy has not been seen alive since August 3. Her accused abductor, Randy Taylor, is scheduled for a bond hearing at 1 p.m. Thursday.

Billy Mays, an investigator with the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office, says they are continuing to search Route 29 for Murphy. Thursday’s search will be off Route 56 in the Roseland Road area of Nelson County.

When asked if investigators are looking for a second suspect, Mays replied “no comment.”

There is no longer a command center in Lovingston, Mays said. The main center for communication is coming from the FBI office in Charlottesville.


There is a large law enforcement presence at the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office complex in Lovingston on Thursday morning.