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Commonwealth's Attorney reveals forensic evidence in Randy Taylor trial

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Murder suspect Randy Taylor. Murder suspect Randy Taylor.
NELSON COUNTY, VA - Nelson County Commonwealth's Attorney Anthony Martin revealed some of the forensic evidence in the murder trial against Randy Taylor during his opening statement.

Martin says in Taylor's camper, investigators found Murphy's nail, her hair on his pillow, her diamond earring under his bed, and her blood on one Taylor's t-shirts. The t-shirt was found the second time investigators went to look balled up under Taylor's couch along with Murphy's hair extensions and false eyelashes.

THIS MORNING'S COVERAGE OF THE RANDY TAYLOR TRIAL

Her cell phone was also found behind the abandoned house behind his camper.


Martin said Taylor told investigators after interviewing him a few times, "You might as well take me in because I'm getting tired."

Martin says two clerks who work at the Lovingston gas station told investigators that Taylor would often buy cigarettes and beer and then watch people in the parking lot. They said he often did this when school was dismissed.

The day Murphy went missing, Taylor was seen on the gas station surveillance video holding the door open for her. Then, Taylor was seen on surveillance video at the Charlottesville Applebee's the next day around 10:45pm. This was just 30 minutes after surveillance video from an Army recruiting store showed someone driving the car Murphy was using into the Charlottesville shopping center.

A cab driver testified today that he picked Taylor up from the Applebee's in Charlottesville and then dropped him off 3 miles from his home on Route 29. The cab driver said Taylor wanted to walk.

Taylor first told investigators he was four-wheeling with a friend and then went to Amherst to buy marijuana. However, investigators said none of his story lined up.

Taylor's lawyer Michael Hallahan told jury members, 'Don't let emotion get to you. That's the Commonwealth trying to get in to your head and blame somebody.' Hallahan said 'you're not going to find any evidence he killed her.'

He said Taylor admits to lying to police, but says Murphy was in his camper because she helped him buy marijuana from her friend. He says that friend is who needs to be questioned further, because he left the state just days after Murphy's disappearance.

Hallahan told the jury, "You can't convict him on a hunch, probability, or suspicion. You have to know beyond a reasonable doubt he's guilty."

Murphy's mother, father, brother and grandmother all testified today. Each of them said Murphy would never leave home without her cell phone.

Hallahan questioned mother Laura Murphy and brother Avery Murphy about Alexis' history with social media. He asked if she often posted pictures of herself or talked about marijuana.

Laura Murphy said, "The Alexis you see on the Internet, isn't the real Alexis."

She said Alexis didn't party, but like many teenager girls, talked a big talk to be popular.

More witnesses are expected to testify all throughout next week.

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