Jury recommends life in prison for Taylor in Alexis Murphy case - NBC12 - Richmond, VA News

Jury recommends life in prison for Taylor in Alexis Murphy case

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NELSON, VA (WWBT) -

A jury recommended Randy Taylor serve two life sentences for the murder and abduction of Alexis Murphy.

A judge will formally sentence Taylor on July 23. The jury found Taylor guilty of first degree murder and abduction with intent to defile in the case of the missing Nelson County teen.

"It certainly doesn't bring the closure that we need because the only thing that can do that is finding Alexis and laying her to rest, but it definitely goes a long way in helping us move on," said Alexis' aunt Trina Murphy.

The jury began deliberation Thursday morning and returned the verdict around 4 p.m. Taylor was found guilty, despite Murphy's body never being found.

Murphy, 17, has been missing since August. The final pieces of evidence were presented to the jury. Though originally slated for a two-week trial, the case went to the jury after only five days.

The five men and seven women heard testimony from one of Taylor's fellow prison inmates, who said Taylor confessed to being sexually interested in the teenager. Jurors were also shown a shirt soaked with Murphy's blood and strands of her hair, both found in Taylor's camper after her disappearance.

Taylor's attorneys only took an hour on their client's defense, saying there wasn't enough evidence to prove murder or abduction since Alexis' body still hasn't been found.

Alexis' family has support from the community has helped them get through this difficult time.

"To everyone, to this community, our extended family, friends, strangers, people that don't know us, just thank you," Murphy said.

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