Nelson Co., VA - The lead investigator in the Randy Taylor murder case called Taylor a predator, who if not convicted, would be out looking for another victim.
Inv. Billy Mays said the murder case is now closed, but the investigation into Alexis Murphy's disappearance last August will continue.
"Our office is going to continue to keep doing what we've been doing and that's following up on any leads as to the whereabouts of Alexis Murphy," said Mays.
Mays admitted a murder charge with no body was risky. If Taylor had been acquitted, then Murphy's body was found, the Commonwealth would not be able to charge Taylor with her murder a second time.
"I was hoping as the case progressed, he would kind of see the light and try to help himself and come forward," said Mays.
Any chance of a plea deal, in exchange for Murphy's body, would have had to have happened before the verdict. Mays interviewed Taylor several times before Taylor's arrest, hoping to eventually get a confession. Taylor stopped talking when he was appointed an attorney.
"I don't know at this point what would work, or what wouldn't work. Some people just will not talk and they'll take it with them to their grave," said Mays. "Randy Taylor, I don't know. I wish I could answer that question, but I really don't know."
During the trial, the Commonwealth's Attorney called Alexis Murphy the silent witness. Mays might have been the lead investigator, but he gives Murphy all the credit.
"He cannot victimize or hurt anyone else and all of that is because of Alexis Murphy," said Mays.
Taylor cannot now cut a deal, to get a lighter sentence. Each conviction carries a minimum of 20 years in prison. Even if the judge goes against the jury's recommended two life sentences, Taylor would get 40 years and would likely die in prison.