WDBJ7 is bringing viewers live coverage of the Alexis Murphy murder trial in Nelson County.

Randy Taylor will stand trial for the murder of the 17-year-old from Lovingston.

Jury selection is set to begin Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

According to the court clerk, nearly 200 people were summoned for jury duty.

There's been some speculation of how successful they will be in seating a jury since this case has received so much attention, but regardless of how long it takes, the community feels this is the first step in getting some closure for the family.

Murphy has been missing for nearly a year, but her presence is all around Nelson County.

"I think it kinda hit hard for a small place like this," said resident Jamie Warner.

In less than 24 hours, Taylor will stand trial for her murder.

"It's pretty disturbing," said Andrew McCarthy. "It seems like a lot of uncertainty right now so hopefully some hard evidence can be found and a fair verdict can be found with this man that is suspected of it."

Those in the community said they hope the trial will bring some relief to the family.

"I'm sure they want to get some sort of end to it," said McCarthy. "Some sort of final answer one way or the other and get some closure."

More than 50 witnesses are expected to take the stand, including some of Murphy's family members.

At this point, we know very little about the evidence in this case, but many are expecting to hear some interesting facts as the trial begins.

Until then, the community is trying their best to show their love and support for Murphy and her family.

"I think that it shows the family that we support them and we're there for them and everyone still hopes and just show the best support for them that we can," said Warner.

Laura Murphy, Alexis' mother, declined to comment to WDBJ 7 about the case since jury selection begins Thursday.

Randy Taylor Trial

Who?: Randy Taylor

What?: Taylor was convicted on murder and abduction charges in the disappearance of Nelson County teenager Alexis Murphy.

Where?: Nelson County Courthouse in Lovingston

Prosecutor: Anthony Martin, Nelson County Commonwealth's Attorney

Defense Attorney: Michael Hallahan

Judge: Michael Gamble

Key Dates

Aug. 3, 2013: Murphy was last seen at a gas station in Lovingston.

Aug. 6, 2013: Murphy's car was found in a movie theater parking lot in Albemarle County, just outside of Charlottesville.

Aug. 11, 2013: Taylor was arrested in connection to the disappearance of Murphy. He was charged with abduction.

Aug. 12, 2013: A bloody shirt with Murphy's DNA on it was found in Taylor's camper.

Dec. 11: Gag order issued for all parties involved in the investigation.

Jan. 6: Nelson County Commonwealth's Attorney announces that a special grand jury has indicted Taylor on murder charges.

May 9: Taylor was convicted of first-degree murder and abduction.

July 23: Taylor was sentenced to serve two life sentences in prison.