A forensic specialist testified Monday that DNA found on the earring and hair extension found in Randy Taylor’s home was Alexis Murphy’s.
The specialist also testified that Murphy's blood was the major contributor to the blood stain found on Murphy's t-shirt. The blood stain had DNA from a male and female. The female’s blood was Murphy’s. There was no exact match for the male’s blood, but Taylor could not be excluded, according to the expert.
Murphy's aunt, Trina Murphy, said the testimony about the bloody t-shirt was hard to stomach.
"It's painful. You know, it's just very painful," Trina Murphy said. "Very difficult to look at and that she had some sort of struggle, and then it's very comforting to know that she fought. She fought for her life."
Taylor is accused of killing 17-year-old Alexis Murphy. She was last seen Aug. 3. The t-shirt was found in Taylor's home on Aug. 11 while investigators were serving a search warrant for cell phones. Investigators went back Aug. 12 to execute the search warrant for the t-shirt.
Also Monday, a 39-minute audio recording of Taylor talking to investigators on Aug. 5 was played in court.
In the recording, Taylor recapped the day that Murphy went missing -- Aug. 3. He told investigators that he had been drinking and riding four-wheelers in Orange County. He then said that he went to a Sheetz gas station in Madison Heights, but investigators could not find any proof that he was there that day.
Investigators asked Taylor numerous times if he went to the Liberty gas station in Lovingston where Murphy was last seen. Several times he denied going there, and then said that if he did go he did not remember.
Taylor also denied to investigators that he ever left Nelson County the weekend Murphy went missing. Taylor later told investigators that he was in the Charlottesville area after Murphy’s disappearance. He also claimed that Murphy has never been in his trailer.
Forensic experts testified that they found traces of a man's DNA in Murphy's car, but they could not confirm that it was Taylor's.