Prosecutors played a second recording of an interview with Randy Taylor and investigators Tuesday afternoon.
In this interview, Taylor admitted for the first time that he was with Alexis Murphy the day she went missing.
Taylor said he met Alexis at Liberty gas station in Lovingston, where they made small talk.
He told investigators that she asked him if he still smoked, because she had apparently seen him do it sometime in the past. He responded saying he could use some weed, and she reportedly said she “knew a guy.”
Taylor implied that this was the third person involved in the incident. He was described as a black man with cornrows, and later identified as Dameon Bradley.
Taylor said they all went to a car wash, and then headed to Taylor’s camper, where the man asked Taylor if he had something to drink.
That’s when Taylor claimed that he left to buy a six pack, leaving Alexis and the man alone in the camper. When he returned he said the two were still there, and they all talked and smoked marijuana.
Taylor went on to claim that was the last time he saw Alexis.
Bradley testified Tuesday that used to work at the McDonald's next to the Liberty gas station, but that he wasn't even in Nelson County the day Murphy went missing and that he barely knew her.
Investigators interviewed Bradley in Alabama on September 12 and took a DNA swab from him, according to testimony. Bradley moved south to live with his father and work at a McDonald's in Birmingham.
Taylor's attorney, Michael Hallahan, was supposed to call Bradley as a witness in a few days, but he released him so he could go home.
A cellular expert from the FBI testified Tuesday as well regarding the cell phone records of both Taylor and Murphy.
Verizon cell phone records show Taylor's cell phone was in or around Charlottesville on Aug. 3 from 10 am to about 4:30 pm. A ping was detected around 6:30 pm as well, but Taylor's phone never picked up another signal on a Verizon tower until 9 am Sunday morning, according to testimony.
As for Murphy, her cell phone was receiving text messages and phone calls up until 7:17 pm. That was the last time her phone connected with a tower.
According to testimony, the cell phones belonging to Murphy and Taylor did not ping off of any towers near the car wash where they allegedly went to meet up with Bradley Saturday.
The last person to testify Tuesday was an agent with the Virginia State Police.
He is the man who took photos of Taylor after he was taken into custody. He testified there were scratches on Taylor's lower back leg as well as insect bites over his entire body.
Hallahan asked if those scratches could have come from 4-wheeling, but the witness could not answer the question.
The Commonwealth is expected to call two or three more witnesses Wednesday before resting.
Alexis Murphy's cellphone was found on the property where Randy Taylor lived but it was so damaged no information could be recovered from it.
Tuesday morning, witnesses got to see what was left of the phone when it was removed from an evidence bag. It was found in a briar patch between Route 29 and an abandoned house on the property where Taylor was living. A law enforcement K9 found it. The phone was so damaged, however, an FBI electronics engineer could not recover any information from it. Murphy's phone pinged in the vicinity of Taylor's home around 7 p.m. on Aug. 3. The last time Murphy's phone connected to a Verizon tower was at 7:17 p.m. that night. Murphy's family believes the last place she was alive was in Taylor's home because she would have never left her cell phone.
Jurors also saw photos from a scrapbook discovered inside the abandoned house. The pictures were of a young white female. The heads on some of the subjects had been altered and replaced with other heads. The girl in the photos is the daughter of the owners of a car dealership in Ruckersville where Taylor once worked. Taylor's attorney noted that the girl was white, not black, like Alexis Murphy. He also noted the house where the scrapbook was found belongs to the family of Taylor's ex-girlfriend.
Judge Michael Gamble had previously ruled the photos would not be shown to jurors, but on Tuesday he revised that decision.