Virginia 48-year-old indicted for murder in missing teen girl case

Jan. 6, 2014 at 5:14 PM
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LYNCHBURG, Va., Jan. 6 (UPI) -- A Virginia man has been indicted on murder and kidnapping charges in the August disappearance of 17-year-old Alexis Murphy, a prosecutor said Monday.

Nelson County Commonwealth's Attorney Anthony Martin said Randy Allen Taylor, 48, faces charges of first-degree murder, murder during commission of abduction and abduction with intent to defile, the (Lynchburg) News & Advance reported.

Taylor is scheduled for a Feb. 3 trial on an earlier abduction charge in the case.

Murphy was last seen Aug. 3 at a gas station in Lovingston. Authorities say a strand of the Nelson County girl's hair was found in Taylor's home in Lovingston.

Michael Hallahan, Taylor's attorney, has said Murphy and a black male were in Taylor's home but left.

The girl's disappearance has also been investigated by the FBI and Virginia State Police.

A judge last month approved Martin's request for a gag order in the case.

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