Update: Jesse Matthew's DNA Not Matched to Alexis Murphy Case

Nelson County, VA - Many speculated that the man arrested for the abduction of UVA student Hannah Graham was connected to the Alexis Murphy murder case.

According to Randy Taylor's attorney, Jesse Matthew's DNA is not a match to the unidentified DNA that was found in Murphy's car. Last year, Taylor was convicted of killing the Nelson County teenager. Matthew is charged with abducting UVA student Hannah Graham.

At one time, Taylor's attorney speculated the two cases might be related... since Taylor claimed Murphy left his client's home on the night she disappeared... with a man that looked like Jesse Matthew.

Trina Murphy, Alexis' aunt isn't surprised by the news.

"[Randy Taylor] needs to do the right thing and stop pointing the finger at other people," said Murphy. "We've cleared two other people that he said was involved. It's time for him to step up and do the right thing, admit to what he's done and tell us where she is."

Nelson County lead investigator Billy Mays says they will continue to search for Alexis. So far no dates have been set.


Nelson Co., VA - Jesse Matthew's DNA is not a match to the unidentified DNA found is Alexis Murphy's car, according to Randy Taylor's attorney Michael Hallahan. Matthew has been charged with abduction with intent to defile in the Sept. 13 disappearance of Hannah Graham, and Hallahan previously speculated that the two cases may be related. Taylor claimed that Murphy and a man bearing a similar description to Matthew had left Taylor's residence on the night of her disappearance. According to authorities, DNA evidence linked Matthew to a 2005 sexual assault case in Fairfax. DNA evidence from that case has also been linked to the 2009 disappearance and death of Virginia Tech Student Morgan Harrington.
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