Randy Taylor Abduction Trial Scheduled to Begin February 3

Nelson Co., VA - A judge set aside two weeks for a Nelson County jury to hear the case against the man accused of abducting Alexis Murphy.

The trial for Randy Taylor is scheduled to begin February 3 and end February 14.

The hearing Wednesday only lasted about 10 minutes.

Taylor walked in wearing shackles and a gray jumpsuit. He made no eye contact with the Murphy family and just sat down and listened as the attorneys made arrangements for his abduction trial.

The Commonwealth said it plans on calling roughly 50 witnesses to the stand.

The defense said they don't know how much time they'll need for rebuttal because they say they haven't seen ANY evidence so far.

Taylor also faces another unrelated charge for receiving stolen property.

Wednesday, the judge scheduled that bench trial to begin February 18.

Murphy's aunt and great aunt were at the hearing. They say they're pleased with the work of prosecutors, especially the dozens of people that are scheduled to testify.

"We had and have, continue to have the best team possible assembled to find Alexis and to bring Randy Allen Taylor to justice. And that's exactly what's gonna happen," said Trina Murphy, Alexis' aunt.

Trina Murphy says they haven't been asked to testify at trial. But they'd be happy to take the stand.

Also this Friday, Nelson County High School is playing a football game. The public is urged to come out and wear pink in honor of Alexis.

Update 3:15 p.m.:
Nelson Co., VA - A Nelson County judge has set a jury trial date for Randy Taylor.
Taylor is scheduled to have a trial on an abduction charge on February 3 - 14. It will be a two-week trial.
The commonwealth's attorney says about 50 witnesses will testify for the prosecution.

Taylor will also have a trial on receiving stolen property charge on February 18.

Updates to come.

Nelson Co., VA - The man accused of abducting a Nelson County teenager is scheduled to be in court Wednesday afternoon.
Randy Taylor is accused of abducting Alexis Murphy, 17, back in August.
Murphy was last seen at a gas station in Lovingston before she disappeared.
Officials say they found Murphy's cell phone in Randy Taylor home in September during their investigation. Alexis Murphy has yet to be found.
According to the courts website, Taylor is scheduled to be arraigned on an abduction charge and advised on a larceny charge.