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

Posted: Updated:
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.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Prostitution sting nets 31 arrests

    Prostitution sting nets 31 arrests

    Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
    31 people are in trouble with the law after a three day prostitution sting in Richmond. Police told NBC12 they targeted specific areas where residents and business owners complained about the illegal activity.
  • Fast food workers vow civil disobedience

    Fast food workers vow civil disobedience

    Saturday, July 26 2014 8:07 PM EDT2014-07-27 00:07:26 GMT
    Fast food workers from across the country have voted in suburban Chicago to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation by including civil disobedience.
    Comparing their campaign to the civil rights movement, fast food workers from across the country voted Saturday to escalate their efforts for $15-an-hour pay and union membership by using nonviolent civil disobedience.
  • Confederate Flag Protest in Lexington

    Confederate Flag Protest in Lexington

    Saturday, July 26 2014 7:30 PM EDT2014-07-26 23:30:10 GMT
    Organizers from the Sons of the Confederate Veterans held a rally in Lexington. This comes after the administration at Washington and Lee University recently decided to remove Confederate flags from Lee Chapel. 250 People from Maryland to Georgia participated in the rally. They say he purpose of the rally is to get the administration at Washington and Lee University to reverse their decision adn to education those who may have some misconceptions about the Confederate flag. Historian David Ch...
    Organizers from the Sons of the Confederate Veterans held a rally in Lexington. This comes after the administration at Washington and Lee University recently decided to remove Confederate flags from Lee Chapel. 250 People from Maryland to Georgia participated in the rally. They say he purpose of the rally is to get the administration at Washington and Lee University to reverse their decision adn to education those who may have some misconceptions about the Confederate flag. Historian David Ch...
Powered by WorldNow

WSLS 10, P.O. Box 10
Roanoke, VA 24022-0010

Telephone: 540.981.9110
Fax: 540.343.3157
Email: news@wsls.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.