A jury has found Randy Taylor guilty of killing Nelson County teenager Alexis Murphy.

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.

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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