Randy Taylor Faces Life for Death of Missing Teen Alexis Murphy

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Friday, 09 May 2014 10:31 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Randy Taylor, the man found guilty this week of abducting and murdering missing Virginia teen Alexis Murphy, could face two life sentences if the judge decided to accept the jury's recommendation.

The 48-year-old was found guilty Thursday of first-degree murder and abduction in connection to the August disappearance of the Nelson County teenager, The Lynchburg News & Advance reported.

Murphy, 17, went missing Aug. 3 after a gas station attendant saw her talking with Taylor. Her body was never found but police later discovered a strand of her hair, a diamond stud earring, hair and eyelash extensions, and a bloodstained T-shirt inside Taylor's camper off U.S. Route 29. The girl's smashed cell phone was reportedly discovered about 100 feet from the RV.

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Taylor first told police he has never seen Murphy but later, when confronted with the DNA evidence, he claimed that she and a male friend named Dameon Bradley visited his camper that day.

A 12-member jury recommended two life sentences — one for each charge — Thursday, The News & Advance noted.

Murphy's family addressed the media after Taylor's guilty verdict was announced.

"It doesn’t bring us the closure that we need, but it goes a long way in helping us," the statement said.

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