LOVINGSTON, Va. -

Sitting in the jury box, even for a high profile trial like Randy Taylor's, was a source of pride for June Harris and a task she took very seriously.

"I just asked for prayers and wisdom to make the right decision," said Harris, a lifelong resident of Nelson County.

Harris was an alternate on the jury, which means she sat through every day of testimony, but she wasn't one of the people who decided the verdict.  She wasn't informed of her alternate status until the end of the trial.

Harris said she came to court every day with an open mind, listening carefully to the arguments made by both the prosecutor and Taylor's defense attorney.  She was prepared to decide Taylor's fate.

"I took 50 plus pages of legal pad notes," Harris said.  "I wrote all the time."

She fully understood the unique and complicated nature of the trial.  Although she didn't know much about the case before she was seated on the jury, she did realize that Alexis Murphy was missing.

She knew convicting someone of murder, with no evidence of the victim's body, would be an extremely difficult decision to make.

"I guess the big question will always be "where?" In big capital letters, "Where and how?" Harris said.

Harris may not know exactly what happened to Murphy, but she says she believes strongly that Taylor was responsible for Murphy's death.

For her the most compelling evidence was a t-shirt belonging to Taylor, stained with Murphy's blood.

She says both attorneys made compelling arguments, but says the Commonwealth's Attorney, Anthony Martin, did a better job of backing up his assertions with tangible evidence.

"He had an excellent case prepared, with facts," said Harris.

Although she wasn't part of the group that reached the final verdict, she's satisfied with the outcome.

"Of course I didn't have to be in on that part," said Harris.  "If I had I would have agreed with my fellow jurors."

Harris says she's happy that Judge Michael Gamble issued a gag order, which prevented key people from talking about the case before the trial.  She believes that decision was crucial to allowing an impartial jury to be found in Nelson County.