Investigators at home of Alexis Murphy murder suspect

NELSON COUNTY, Va. (WUSA9) -- Media outlets in the Charlottesville, Va. area report that investigators are back at the home of a man accused of killing 17-year-old Alexis Murphy.

According to WVIR, investigators are at the scene of Randy Taylor's home in Nelson County on Monday morning.

He is charged with the first-degree murder and abduction with intent to defile.

A judge heard pretrial motions on March 31. According to WCAV, the judge decided to close the hearing and asked members of the media and public to leave the courtroom because evidence, search warrants, and a possible a statement by Taylor were to be presented.

The judge said media coverage of potentially inadmissible evidence could taint the jury pool and impact the defendant's right to a fair trial.

Alexis Murphy was last seen at a gas station on August 3rd in Lovingston, and her car was found days later in Albemarle County. A body still has not been found.

The trial is set to begin on May 1.


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