A jury has found Randy Taylor guilty of killing Nelson County teenager Alexis Murphy.
Taylor was found guilty on all counts. He faces a minimum of 20 years for first-degree murder and abduction. Nelson County Commonwealth's Attorney Anthony Martin and the jury recommended life sentences on each charge for Taylor. He will formally be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. on July 23.
Taylor's attorney, Michael Hallahan, said that he will file motions to set aside the verdict at the sentencing. A pending grand larceny case against Taylor will be handled at the July 23 sentencing.
Taylor was not present to hear his punishment. He told Hallahan that he didn't want to be there, so the judge never brought him back into the courtroom.
After the decision was read, Martin gave a statement to reporters and asked the public to keep the Murphy family in their thoughts.
"A dangerous man was put behind bars for two life terms for abducting and murdering Alexis Murphy," Martin said.
Murphy's aunt, Trina Murphy, said hearing the guilty verdict was like "winning the lottery."
Alexis Murphy's mom, Laura Murphy, spoke in court after the verdict was read. She said this was supposed to be an important year for Alexis because she was going to graduate from high school. Laura Murphy became very emotional while speaking.
Murphy was last seen August 3. Her body has not been found.
The jury began deliberations at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Earlier Thursday, the jury has asked to see surveillance video of the cars of Alexis Murphy and Randy Taylor driving north on Route 29.
A judge provided a laptop for the jury. An agent was placed under oath to make sure all he will do is show the jury how to use the laptop.
Taylor and Murphy were seen leaving the Liberty gas station in Lovingston on Aug. 3. That was the last time Murphy was seen alive. Taylor is on trial for Murphy's death, even though her body was never found.
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