NELSON COUNTY, Va. -

On Thursday a jury convicted Randy Taylor in the death of 17-year-old Alexis Murphy.

Randy Taylor Trial

Who?: Randy Taylor

What?: Taylor was convicted on murder and abduction charges in teh disappearance of Nelson County teenager Alexis Murphy.

Where?: Nelson County Courthouse in Lovingston

Prosecutor: Anthony Martin, Nelson County Commonwealth's Attorney

Defense Attorney: Michael Hallahan

Judge: Michael Gamble

Key Dates

Aug. 3, 2013: Murphy was last seen at a gas station in Lovingston.

Aug. 6, 2013: Murphy's car was found in a movie theater parking lot in Albemarle County, just outside of Charlottesville.

Aug. 11, 2013: Taylor was arrested in connection to the disappearance of Murphy. He was charged with abduction.

Aug. 12, 2013: A bloody shirt with Murphy's DNA on it was found in Taylor's camper.

Dec. 11: Gag order issued for all parties involved in the investigation.

Jan. 6: Nelson County Commonwealth's Attorney announces that a special grand jury has indicted Taylor on murder charges.

May 9: Taylor was convicted of first-degree murder and abduction.

July 23: Taylor's sentencing hearing. He's facing two life sentences.



WDBJ7 has been there since the beginning when Murphy first went missing in August. Nine months later, the family said they can finally start move on from this nightmare.

Taylor was found guilty of first-degree murder and abduction, and will most likely spend the rest of his life in jail.

"She, in my opinion, has saved countless lives by giving her life by encountering Randy Taylor," said lead investigator Billy Mays.

It took one day to pick a jury, four days to deliberate and six hours for a jury to convict Taylor of the crimes. The Murphy family said it's hard to believe this day has come.

"It was pretty nerve-racking, but clearly they reached the right decision," said Trina Murphy, Alexis Murphy's aunt.

Strong evidence and testimony came from Nelson County Commonwealth's Attorney Anthony Martin throughout the trial. Murphy's DNA, blood and hair were all found inside of Taylor's home, which is located off of Route 29.

Billy Mays was the lead investigator on the case and hasn't been allowed to speak to the public or media because of a gag order that was put in place. He said his team of investigators put in countless hours to make sure the Commonwealth had what it needed to prosecute Taylor.

"We were nervous, obviously, because it's a jury that's determining whether he's guilty or innocent, but I was very confident," Mays said.

Mays said while all of the evidence collected by investigators pointed to Taylor, they were and still are missing one crucial piece - Alexis Murphy.

"Convicting Randy was obviously important to all of us, but bringing Alexis Murphy's remains back so her family and friends can have a proper resting place for her means a lot to not only me, but to everyone in the community."

The support for the Murphy family has been overwhelming in Nelson County. Posters, pictures and ribbons of the missing teen are still everywhere reminding people that even though she is gone, she is not forgotten.

"It certainly doesn't bring the closure that we need because the only thing that can do that is finding Alexis and putting her to rest, but it definitely goes a long way in helping us move on," Trina Murphy said.

The Commonwealth has asked for life sentences for each of the charges.

Mays said they will continue searching for Murphy's body and will continue to investigate tips as they continue to come in for the teen.