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Randy Taylor Guilty of Murder, Abduction

Randy Taylor Guilty of Murder, Abduction

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It took more than six hours of deliberations for Nelson County jurors to find Randy Allen Taylor guilty of abducting and murdering Alexis Murphy. It took a lot less time for them to recommend that Taylor (pictured) get two life sentences.  Halfway through a Thursday court session, the jurors asked to look again at images of Murphy’s car and Taylor’s truck pulling out of the Liberty gas station last August 3rd. It was Murphy who followed Taylor. Nelson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Anthony Martin says Taylor lured the 17-year-old to his camper where he murdered her and disposed of her body. The body has never been found. During the sentencing part of the trial, the teenager’s mother Laura Murphy, spoke from the witness stand and declared “Life has been a living hell for us.” She asked how Taylor would feel if he were in her shoes. Murphy lamented her daughter missing her senior year in high school before she broke down in sobs. Other family members also openly wept, and several jurors were in tears. Taylor’s attorney, Michael Hallahan, asked Judge Michael Gamble if his client could leave the courtroom. Before Gamble could answer, Taylor tried to rush out but was immediately surrounded by deputies who whisked him away. After the trial, Martin thanked the jury for its verdict and asked people to keep the Murphy family in their thoughts and prayers. The teen’s aunt, Trina Murphy, said hearing ‘guilty’ felt like winning the Lottery. She says “justice has been served and Alexis can rest in peace now.” When asked about Taylor leaving the courtroom with nothing to say, she replied, “Cowards usually run. Ya know? I think he was really expecting to get off.” Taylor will be sentenced on July 23rd.

 

 

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