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Continuing Coverage: Legal Expert Breaks Down the Randy Taylor Trial

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - After just six hours of deliberation, the jury returned a guilty verdict against Randy Taylor for the murder and abduction of Alexis Murphy.
Taylor will face life sentences for both charges on first degree murder and abduction.

"A dangerous man was put behind bars for abducting and killing Alexis Murphy and taking an innocent life," says Commonwealth's Attorney Anthony Martin following the verdict on Thursday.

Randy Taylor was escorted out of the Nelson County Courthouse in handcuffs, just moments after he tried storming out of the courtroom during sentencing.

Opinions on the verdict range greatly: while many agree with the verdict handed down by the jury, others say there wasn't enough evidence.

Legal experts say that despite not having a body and only a few pieces of circumstantial evidence, the evidence that was presented to the jury couldn't be ignored.

"The physical evidence that was found in his residence, that ties him to her," said legal expert Cary Bowen.

Hair, a diamond stud and a fingernail: these were the three pieces of physical evidence found in Randy Taylor's camper, near his bed. A bloody shirt with more hair and eyelashes were found under his couch. All of these things made the fact that there was no body less important, according to Bowen.

"The troublesome part of any case like this is that there is no body, do we really know that she is dead, could she have left? But there is no sign of that from any of the evidence that I have seen that she has a history of hitchhiking up 29 or down 29."

Bowen also feels that the lack of evidence presented on behalf of the defense should speak volumes.
"You know if there was any credible evidence you would have expected it to be presented at that point."

The largest piece of evidence may be something that isn't even a physical thing: Alexis Murphy's absence certainly weighed heavily on the jury, according to Bowen.

"Her absence at that age with no history of of something like this, that's big powerful evidence."

Taylor will face life sentences for both charges on first degree murder and abduction. The official judge ruling will come in July.

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