Taylor Admits Murphy was in His Home

By: WCAV Newsroom
By: WCAV Newsroom

NELSON COUNTY, Va. (WCAV) -- UPDATE 5:22 PM

Randy Allen Taylor told investigators that another man was in his home, along with Alexis Murphy, on the day she disappeared. Taylor says he and the other man smoked marijuana and drank beer, though Alexis did not, but nothing else happened in Taylor's trailer.

That other man, identified as Dameon Bradley, testifies that he has never met Taylor. Bradley told the court he knew of Alexis Murphy, but that they were "never in the same room together."

Bradley said he gave the FBI a sample of his DNA to clear his name.

UPDATE 3:06 PM
The prosecution plays another audio recording of law enforcement talking with Randy Allen Taylor. In it, Taylor finally admits to talking with Alexis Murphy after denying so in previous interviews with police.

Taylor says he was arranging to get marijuana for Murphy from another man.

He stated in the recording that another man joined them in Taylor's trailer to smoke marijuana, but that Murphy didn’t have any.

Taylor told investigators that he left the trailer to buy beer, and that he and the other man drank it when he returned.

He said all three of them left Taylor's home around 8:30 p.m.

Taylor said on the tape, “I didn’t hurt the girl.”

Investigators say there is no DNA evidence of a third person in Taylor's trailer.

The Nelson County Courthouse hears another recording from a police interview with Randy Allen Taylor, four days after 17-year-old Alexis Murphy disappeared.

Tuesday morning, the prosecution played an August 7 recording where Taylor repeatedly told investigators that he didn't remember what he did the night Murphy went missing.

At several points Taylor told investigators: "If you want to arrest me, go ahead." Investigators replied that they were not at his trailer to arrest him, but they were simply trying to fill in the gaps surrounding Murphy's disappearance.

Also in court today, Judge Michael Gamble ruled that pornographic images found inside Taylor's trailer would be admissible as evidence because they could prove abduction with intent to defile. On Monday, Judge Gamble originally agreed with the defense attorney that the images were not admissible because the participants were physically dissimilar from Alexis Murphy and the images were legally purchased. Tuesday, he reversed his decision to allow the pictures.

An FBI analyst testified Alexis Murphy's cell phone was so damaged that he could not retrieve data from it. Investigators had discovered Murphy's phone on Taylor's property.

Yesterday, the court heard two police interviews with Taylor: The first was from August 5, when Nelson Co. investigator Billy Mays and an FBI agent went to Taylor's trailer home and recorded their conversation with him. Taylor told them that he didn’t remember stopping at the Liberty gas station, where Murphy was last seen. The second audio interview, from August 7, the investigators return to Taylor’s home and tell him they have surveillance video of him talking with Murphy on the day she went missing. Taylor says he recalls "sitting at the pump for a while" and believes he went inside to buy cigarettes, but doesn't remember talking to Murphy.

When investigators ask Taylor if Murphy had been in his camper or truck, he's "positive" that she has never been in either, saying he would "definitely" remember.


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