NELSON, Va. (WAVY/AP) - A jury found Randy Taylor guilty of first degree murder and abduction in the Alexis Murphy case.
WWBT in Richmond is reporting the jury began deliberation Thursday morning and returned the verdict around 4 p.m. Taylor was found guilty, despite Murphy’s body never being found.
In closing arguments, prosecutor Anthony Martin told the jury: “Don’t let evil triumph in this courtroom.” Defense attorney Michael Hallahan argued there wasn’t enough evidence for a conviction.
Murphy, 17, disappeared last August. She was last seen at a gas station in Lovingston. Authorities found her car several days later in an Albemarle County parking lot.