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Trial Date Set for Alexis Murphy Abduction Suspect

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The trial for Randy Taylor, prime suspect in the case of missing Nelson County teenager Alexis Murphy, is set for February 3, 2014. The trial is set to run two weeks and the commonwealth's attorney says he has about 50 witnesses who will take the stand.

Taylor was in Nelson County Circuit Court at 3 p.m. Wednesday for his arraignment. Murphy's aunt and great-aunt were also in the courtroom, and both say Taylor wouldn't look in their direction.

Taylor has two felony charges against him - one for the abduction of Alexis and a second one for possessing a stolen all-terrain vehicle, for which he'll go to trial February 18. He will plead not guilty to both charges.

Alexis' aunts say they are confident Taylor is responsible for her disappearance.

"It's clear that he is a predator," said Alexis' great-aunt, Trina Murphy, "and he is heartless and he doesn't really have any remorse for what he has done so I'm not sure what you say to somebody like that."

Alexis left her home in Shipman Saturday, August 3 - reportedly heading toward Lynchburg. Surveillance video shows her at the Liberty gas station in Lovingston around 7:15 that night. That was the last time she was seen. Authorities arrested Taylor, 48, on Sunday, August 11, and charged him with felony abduction in relation to the case. For more, click here

Taylor did admit to police he saw Alexis the last day she was seen,  but says another man was also with them. Police have questioned a person of interest, but there have not been any other arrests in the case. 

Taylor is currently being held without bond at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail. 

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