Judge denies bond for suspect in Alexis Murphy abduction - NBC12.com - Richmond, VA News

Judge denies bond for suspect in Alexis Murphy abduction

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NELSON, VA (WWBT) -

A man accused of abducting a Nelson County teen will remain behind bars without bond.

Lawyers for Randy Taylor say he was wrongly accused in the disappearance of 17-year-old Alexis Murphy. However, a judge ruled he remain held without bond.

Taylor waived his preliminary hearing and the case will now go to a grand jury on September 26. 

Prior to the hearing, a judge ruled the public and media could be allowed in the courtroom. The hearing had been closed due to privacy concerns involving the ongoing investigation at the request of prosecutors. Lawyers for NBC12 and other media organizations argued in court for the proceedings to remain public.

The judge allowed the hearing to remain open until sensitive materials in the case were introduced. As a result, no new information about the evidence in the case or leading up to Murphy's disappearance was made public.

Taylor has been in jail since his arrest on August 11th. Murphy has not been located.

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