Suspect Indicted in Disappearance of Virginia Teen Alexis Murphy

A grand jury in Nelson County, Va., has indicted the suspect in the disappearance of 17-year-old Alexis Murphy.

Randy Allen Taylor was indicted Tuesday on a felony abduction charge and an unrelated charge of possessing a stolen all-terrain vehicle, said Nelson County Commonwealth's Attorney Anthony Martin.

Murphy's family last saw her Aug. 3. Her car was found in the parking lot of a multiplex in Charlottesville three days later, and authorities announced earlier this month that they'd found her cell phone, although they declined to say where.

Taylor, 48, has been held without bond at the Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Jail since his Aug. 11 arrest in Murphy's disappearance. He has maintained his innocence in this case and in the disappearance of another Virginia teenager in 2010.

Taylor is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 23 to set a trial date.

Gas station surveillance video shows him and Murphy were at a Liberty gas station at the same time on the day she disappeared.

Taylor acknowledges that the two interacted, saying that she approached him and "made a comment to him about smoking marijuana based on her seeing him at another car wash in Lovingston weeks or a month before that."

Taylor's attorney, Mike Hallahan, said the two, along with another man -- described by Hallahan as a black man in his mid to late 20s -- went back to Taylor's camper in Lovingston. The two men smoked and drank, while Murphy did neither, the lawyer said.

Hallahan said Murphy and the other man left at the same time in separate cars, and that was the last Taylor saw of them.

Martin said Tuesday that law enforcement officials can't provide any further details on the ongoing investigation.


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