Lisa Provence



Photo: Nelson County Visitor's Bureau/Inset by Lisa Provence

Inside the Randy Allen Taylor trial: Jury rejects defendant’s claims, delivers murder conviction

Before a Nelson County jury found Randy Allen Taylor guilty on May 8 for the murder of 17-year-old Alexis Murphy, Commonwealth’s Attorney Anthony Martin had urged them to not reward Taylor “for disposing of this child’s body.” They didn’t, and Martin accomplished something extremely rare: a murder conviction without a body. “There’s precedent, but such […]

Photo: Nelson County Visitor's Bureau/Inset by Lisa Provence

Randy Taylor Trial Day Two: Alexis Murphy’s blood found, defense pushes human trafficking

On the second day of the murder trial of Randy Allen Taylor, Commonwealth’s Attorney Anthony Martin’s 40-minute opening statement laid out his case against Taylor, accused of slaying 17-year-old Alexis Murphy, who was last seen on August 3 at the Liberty gas station in Lovingston. Martin detailed the physical evidence found in Taylor’s camper—Murphy’s blood, […]