The jury has been seated.

Opening statements will begin Friday morning.

The jury is made up of 12 people and two alternates. There are eight females and six males on the jury.

More than 200 people were called for jury duty.


Twenty-four potential jurors have been selected in the Randy Taylor trial.

The defense and prosecution is now going through the process of seating the jury. The group of 24 will be narrowed down to 12 jurors and two alternates.

Taylor pleaded not guilty to three charges in Nelson County court on Thursday morning. He is accused of killing Lovingston teenager Alexis Murphy. She was last seen Aug. 3. Her body has not been found.

Randy Taylor Trial

Who?: Randy Taylor

What?: Taylor was convicted on murder and abduction charges in the 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 was sentenced to serve two life sentences in prison.

The potential jurors were asked if they know the two people who were cashiers at the Liberty gas station where Murphy was last seen alive.

Taylor wore a shirt and tie in court.

There are about 30 friends and family members of Alexis Murphy in the courtroom. Some of them are wearing pink t-shirts with Alexis’ picture on it. Gil Harrington, who is the mother of Morgan Harrington, was also in the courtroom. Morgan Harrington went missing from a concert in Charlottesville in 2009. She was found dead in Albemarle County a few months later.

Judge Gamble told the potential jurors that he hopes to finish the case by the end of next week, though there is time scheduled for the train into the following week.

Twenty-four defense witnesses and more than 50 prosecution witnesses are on the list for the trial. Twenty-one witnesses were released and sent home. They were ordered to return to court at 9:30 a.m. May 7.

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A man charged with murdering a missing Nelson County teenager is going on trial.

Randy Taylor's trial starts at 9:30 a.m. Thursday with jury selection in Nelson County Circuit Court. The 48-year-old Taylor is charged with first-degree murder and abduction with intent to defile.

Seventeen-year-old Alexis Murphy of Shipman disappeared last August. She was last seen at a gas station in Lovingston. Authorities found her car several days later in an Albemarle County parking lot.

Taylor's attorney sought a change of venue because of heavy news coverage of the case in Nelson County. Circuit Judge J. Michael Gamble denied the motion in February.

Alex Murphy's aunt, Tina Murphy, spoke to WDBJ7's Nadine Maeser on Thursday morning about the trial.

"Just ready to get it started and get this phase of the nine-month nightmare over with," Trina Murphy said. "We're going into it very hopeful that justice will be served. We're just ready to get started."

Nearly all of prosecutor Anthony Martin's evidence has been kept secret, even from Alexis Murphy's family.

"I think both sides is going to be difficult. But it's necessary," Trina Murphy said. "We really haven't been given a choice in the matter."

The trial is expected to last about two weeks. Two days of the trial are designated for jury selection.