Judge to hear change of venue request in Alexis Murphy case - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Judge to hear change of venue request in Alexis Murphy case

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The suspect in Alexis Murphy's abduction and murder will be in court for a motion hearing Friday.

Randy Taylor faces charges of first degree murder, felony murder, and abduction with intent to defile.

Taylor's lawyer Michael Hallahan filed a motion to change the venue due to extensive media coverage and posters of the victim being displayed in various locations in Nelson County.

Hallahan must prove that Taylor would not be able to have a fair and impartial trial in Nelson County.

In the Commonwealth's response to the motion, it says "the Commonwealth agrees with the counsel that the media coverage of this case has been extensive. However, the details surrounded these charges have not been made public for several reasons."

Nelson County's Commonwealth Attorney Anthony Martin says he's worked to make sure the details of the case remain private. This included closing the bail hearing to the public and the media.

"The defendant's motion is premature. Courts must look at the level of publicity at the time of the trial, and not when the offenses occurred," Martin's written response says.

The motion will be heard by a Nelson County Circuit Court judge at 2 P.M. There's no word if a decision will be made today. WSLS 10 Reporter Katie Love will be in Nelson County and will bring you the latest details.

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