Prosecutor: DNA testing rules out link between missing Va. teen, suspect in U.Va. abduction


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LOVINGSTON, Virginia — A prosecutor says DNA testing has ruled out the suspect in the abduction of a University of Virginia student with the disappearance of a central Virginia teenager.

The testing involved Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. and Alexis Murphy, a 17-year-old who was last seen in August 2013. Her body has never been found.

Randy Allen Taylor was convicted last summer in the murder and abduction of Murphy. He is serving two life sentences.

Taylor's attorney requested DNA tests to determine whether Matthew's DNA could link him to Murphy's disappearance.

Friday, the commonwealth attorney for Nelson County, Anthony Martin, said the DNA testing excluded Matthew as the source of DNA from samples taken from Murphy's car.

Matthew is charged with abduction with intent to defile Hannah Graham.

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