NELSON COUNTY, Va. -

The jury is set in the Randy Taylor murder trial.

Taylor is accused of kidnapping and killing 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.



More than 200 people were summoned for the first day of jury selection. It was expected to take at least two days, but the court managed to finish in about nine hours.

Thursday was an emotional day for the Murphy family as they walked into the Nelson County Courthouse.

"We're just ready to get things rolling," said Murphy's aunt Trina. "I mean, it's started we're ready to get it over with."

Murphy's mother, grandmother and older brother were all inside of the courtroom for the first day of jury selection. Family and friends wore pink inside the courtroom in support of the missing teen.

"I think its going to be emotional for us to hear any evidence," said Trina. "It's emotional for us to be here, so it's nothing we haven't dealt with before so we're ready."

It will be up to a jury to decide if Taylor is innocent or not.

After nine straight hours of questioning potential jurors, the court managed to pick a 12 member jury, plus two alternates. The group is made up of eight women and six men. Murphy's family was pleased with the outcome.

"I think it's a good group of people," said Trina. "Definitely all walks of life represented on the jury so I'm happy with it."

The Commonwealth's Attorney and Taylor's defense attorney had major concerns over who knew who since Nelson County is such a small community.

"The case got a lot of attention obviously and locally and nationally so I'm not surprised by that."

Both sides also had concerns about what Nelson County residents have heard about the case through social media and news outlets. They also let potential jurors know there would be discussions about drug use, specifically marijuana.

Friday means opening statements will come to light to the jury and the public.

Trina said the family is trying to prepare for the details of the murder case. "You can't change it," she said. "That's going to be hard for all of us."

The family said they are ready for the justice system to take its course.

"You get to a point where it is what it is and you just have to deal with it," she said. "We didn't ask for this. It was just given to us and so we're going to deal with it the best way we know how."

Taylor pleaded not guilty to all three charges.

More than 20 witnesses were inside the courtroom Thursday, including two cashiers from the Liberty gas station. The judge released all witnesses until next Wednesday.

Opening statements are set to begin at 9:30 in the morning.

Stay with WDBJ7 for the latest developments in the case.