Randy Taylor’s attorney wants review of Alexis Murphy case

NELSON, Va. (WAVY) – A convicted murderer’s lawyer wants new DNA tests and another look at social media evidence.

Randy Taylor’s attorney asks for the review of the Alexis Murphy case in Nelson because police are investigating Jesse Matthew’s connection to several missing persons cases and a murder in the commonwealth, according to our sister station NBC29. Matthew is locked up for the disappearance of Hannah Graham.

The defense wants to double-check that all the facts jurors used to convict Taylor are 100 percent accurate.

In a two-page letter sent Thursday, attorney Michael Hallahan said “This is not a fishing expedition, but rather this request is based upon the evidence … and based upon new developments in the news.” it specifically referenced the Graham case.

Hallahan argues his client wasn’t the last person to see Murphy. Taylor, Murphy and an unknown man were in Taylor’s camper, according to Hallahan. He said the unidentified black male and Murphy left in separate cars, and law enforcement told Taylor he was arrested because the FBI found a hair in his mobile home belonging to Murphy, according to coverage by NBC29.

NBC29 also reported the request comes after police confirmed Sept. 30 that Matthew is linked by forensic evidence to the Morgan Harrington case in 2009.

A jury convicted Taylor of first degree murder in May. Murphy disappeared from a Lovingston gas station in August 2013. No one ever found the 17-year-old’s body. Hallahan described the unknown person as an African-American man in his mid-to-late twenties driving a 20-year-old burgundy Chevrolet Caprice with 22-inch wheels, NBC29 reported. The FBI is not commenting on the details.

Newport News detectives have also revisited former cases comparing them to Matthew’s time on the peninsula in 2003.

Stay with WAVY.com for updates.

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