Tuesday, August 13, 2013
LOVINGSTON — A man charged with abduction in connection with the case of missing Nelson County teenager Alexis Murphy was appointed a lawyer Tuesday.
Randy Allen Taylor, 48, of Thomas Nelson Highway, was advised of his right to an attorney when he appeared in person at a brief afternoon hearing in Nelson County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
Taylor was shackled and wore a gray striped jumpsuit. He spoke little, answering a judge's questions only with "yes, sir" or "no, sir."
After Taylor requested court-appointed counsel, Judge Kenneth W. Farrar appointed Lynchburg defense attorney Scott De Bruin to represent Taylor on a charge of abduction by force, intimidation or deception.
A preliminary hearing in the case has been set for Jan. 9 at 9 a.m.
Taylor was arrested Sunday in connection with the disappearance of Murphy, 17, a rising Nelson County High School senior whose whereabouts are unknown. She was last seen Aug. 3.
Taylor is held without bond in the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail.
Nelson County Circuit Court clerks said Tuesday that search warrants in the case remain sealed and said they were unsure whether affidavits -- statements outlining the evidence that investigators recover while executing search warrants -- had been returned to the clerk's office yet.
On Monday, investigators combed the area near Taylor's Lovingston home and towed away a GMC Suburban matching investigators’ description of Taylor’s vehicle as well as a recreational vehicle.
After Tuesday's hearing, Nelson County Commonwealth's Attorney Anthony Martin declined to comment but said more information would be forthcoming soon.