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Randy Taylor's lawyer: Prosecution's case is weak

By Nadine Maeser, nmaeser@wdbj7.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 03:13:49 AM EST
Updated On: Aug 15 2013 01:25:03 PM EDT

Michael Hallahan says the prosecution's case against abduction suspect Randy Taylor is weak.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -

There are new details in the case of missing Nelson County teenager Alexis Murphy.

A bond hearing has been scheduled for Murphy's accused kidnapper, Randy Taylor. The hearing will be held 1 p.m. Aug. 22.

Randy Taylor’s attorney will ask for his client to be granted bond during a hearing next week, WDBJ7 has learned.

Taylor is expected to appear via video conference at 1 p.m. August 22 to ask for bond in Nelson County court. He’s been charged in connection to the disappearance of 17-year-old Alexis Murphy. She has not been seen since August 3.

Meanwhile, FBI agents are not at Taylor’s Nelson County home. There is crime scene tape around his home.

Also new Thursday, WDBJ7's Nadine Maeser has learned that on August 7, Judge Leyburn Mosby signed off on a court order to seal all affidavits and search warrants pertaining to Randy Taylor's case and the address of 10506 Thomas Nelson highway.

We're also hearing from the lawyer representing Taylor. Police say Taylor was the last person to see Murphy. Taylor's attorney, Michael Hallahan, spoke on camera to CNN affiliate WVIR. Hallahan says he has doubts about the case against his client.

"I think their case may be quite weak to have a court date to be requested to be set that far out," Taylor’s attorney, Michael Hallahan said.

Hallahan used to be a police officer in Albemarle and Greene counties, so he knows firsthand about law enforcement investigations. Now, Hallahan is the court-appointed attorney for Taylor.

"This is a Class 5 felony. It carries anything for punishment to up to 10 years. There's another type of abduction, abduction with the intent to defile That is a much more serious charge that carries up to life in prison. But, they don't have him charged with that. They have him charged with simple abduction."

Not only does the charge suggest to Hallahan that law enforcement doesn't have a lot of evidence, he says most defendants see the court in 30 days. But Taylor isn’t due in court until January 9. That’s nearly five months for the prosecution to prepare its case, Hallahan says.

Hallahan believes that, if left to their own devices, law enforcement and the commonwealth won't give him what evidence they do have until next spring. but he intends to get more information sooner than that.

"The best way to get information is to schedule a bond hearing because the Commonwealth is required to tell why they need to be held in jail and why they're a danger," Hallahan said.

He asks the public not to rush to judgment on Taylor.

"I don't like the way that people are already saying bad things about Mr. Taylor and they don't know anything about the case,” Hallahan said. “Hundreds and hundreds of cars go from the Liberty every afternoon and every morning. A lot of them are heading north. I could be a suspect. I get gas there and go back to my office all the time."

Information from affiliate WVIR was used in this story