Nelson County's prosecutor is seeking a gag order in an abduction case involving a missing teenager.
Commonwealth's Attorney Anthony Martin tells media outlets that he wants to prevent potential witnesses and others involved in the case from disclosing information that could hamper impaneling an impartial jury.
Randy Taylor of Lovingston is scheduled to stand trial Feb. 3 on an abduction charge. The charge stems from the disappearance of 17-year-old Alexis Murphy of Shipman.
Murphy was last seen Aug. 3 at a gas station in Lovingston.
Authorities found her car several days later in a parking lot in Albemarle County.
A hearing on Martin's motion for a gag order is set for Wednesday morning in Nelson County Circuit Court.
Here is the news release from the Nelson County Commonwealth's Attorney:
Last week in Nelson County Circuit Court, Commonwealth’s Attorney Anthony Martin filed a motion with the court asking that a gag order be entered in the case involving the abduction of Alexis Murphy. Randy Allen Taylor is currently charged with abduction and is scheduled for a jury trial beginning in February 2014.
The motion was filed by Martin in an effort to prevent potential witnesses, parties and law-enforcement officials from disclosing sensitive information to the media and public which could hamper a fair and impartial jury from being impaneled in Nelson County.
Martin cited increased media reports of other missing person cases as part of the basis for the request. Martin also said his concerns of pre-trial publicity in the Alexis Murphy case is unique as it is the only case in the surrounding area involving a missing person where a defendant is charged and is awaiting trial.
The motion will be heard in the Nelson County Circuit Court on Wednesday, December 11th at 9:30 a.m.
Law enforcement officials emphasize that the investigation into the whereabouts of Alexis Murphy is ongoing.