LOVINGSTON, Va. — The suspect in the disappearance of a Nelson County teenager will be tried in the county.

Media outlets report that 48-year-old Randy Taylor’s request for a change of venue has been denied.

Nelson County Circuit Court Judge J. Michael Gamble told the defense and the prosecution on Friday that the case hasn’t reached a point where a change of venue possibly would be needed.

Taylor is scheduled to stand trial May 1 on charges including first-degree murder and abduction with intent to defile. The charges stem from the disappearance of 17-year-old Alexis Murphy of Shipman.

Murphy was last seen Aug. 3, 2013, at a gas station in Lovingston. Authorities found her car several days later in an Albemarle County parking lot.

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