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Motion for gag order in Alexis Murphy case

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The Nelson County Commonwealth Attorney filed a motion asking for a gag order in the Alexis Murphy abduction case.

Randy Taylor is charged with the Nelson County teen's abduction and is scheduled for a jury trial beginning in February 2014. The motion was filed by  in an effort to prevent potential witnesses, parties and law-enforcement officials from disclosing sensitive information to the media and public. Nelson County Commonwealth Attorney Anthony Martin says he wants to make sure the jury can remain impartial.  

Martin cited increased media reports of other missing person cases as part of the basis for the request. Martin also said his concerns of pre-trial publicity in the Alexis Murphy case is unique as it is the only case in the surrounding area involving a missing person where a defendant is charged and is awaiting trial.

The motion will be heard in the Nelson County Circuit Court on Wednesday, December 11th at 9:30 a.m.

Law enforcement officials emphasize that the investigation into the whereabouts of Alexis Murphy is ongoing.

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