A Nelson County special grand jury has indicted Randy Taylor on murder charges in connection to the disappearance of a missing teenager.
The grand jury handed up the indictment Thursday even though Alexis Murphy has not been found. She’s been missing since August 3.
Taylor was arrested Aug. 11 on abduction charges related to Murphy’s disappearance, and a separate charge for larceny of a four-wheeler. The Nelson County
Commonwealth's Attorney announced Monday that the grand jury indicted Taylor on the following additional charges:
- First-degree murder of Alexis Murphy
- First-degree felony murder of Alexis Murphy during the commission of abduction.
- Abduction of Alexis Murphy with intent to defile
- Another unrelated grand larceny charge.
Taylor’s two-week trial on the two murder charges and one abduction charge is scheduled for May 1 through May 14. He’s also scheduled to stand trial on two grand larceny charges at 9:30 a.m. May 27.
Taylor briefly talked to reporters as he was escorted into court Monday.
“Hey, I know I’ve got a gag order but I’m trying to talk to y’all if you want to come to the jail,” Taylor told reporters. “I know what it consists of, the gag order. I know what I’m allowed to say.” Click here to see the video:http://www.wdbj7.com/news/local/randy-taylor-walks-into-nelson-county-court/-/20128466/23795992/-/kjrhufz/-/index.html
Taylor has been held in the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail since being arrested Aug. 11.
"The return of the indictments only means that the grand jury found that probable cause exists for the charges ... and that Randy Taylor should go on trial for those charges," Nelson County Commonwealth's Attorney Anthony Martin said during a 10 a.m. news conference.
Murphy was last seen Aug. 3 at a gas station in Lovingston. Her car was found in an Albermarle County parking lot several days later.