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Randy Taylor Denied Bond in Alexis Murphy Case

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Update 2:48 p.m.

The judge denied Taylor's bond. Taylor's lawyer says there's not enough evidence to warrant bond being denied, while the Nelson County Commonwealth Attorney says "he is a danger and a flight risk."

Defense asked to wave the right to preliminary hearing. The judge granted that motion. The case now moves on to a grand jury set for Sept. 26 at 9:30 a.m.

Update 2 p.m.

Before the bond hearing, several media groups made an appeal to a Nelson County judge to re-open Randy Taylor's bond hearing.

The judge ruled to re-open the bond hearing unless sensitive details need to be discussed that would hurt the investigation.

The media will then need to leave.

Our reporter talked to Trina Murphy, Alexis's aunt, who's worried details that would get out to the press would hurt the investigation.

Update 11:15 a.m.

Investigators say they are continuing the search for Murphy near Cub Creek in Roseland. The search is near Route 56 near Crabtree Falls. Police are using dogs in the search.

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Randy Taylor, the lead suspect in the case of missing 17-year-old Nelson County teen Alexis Murphy, will be in court in Nelson County at 1 p.m. today. He will find out if he is eligible for bond.

Right now, a judge has ruled family and media are not allowed in court.

Investigators and dog teams left early this morning to continue the search for Murphy, the Nelson County teen who went missing Saturday, Aug. 3, after she and Taylor were both seen on a gas station's surveillance video in Lovingston.