CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The National Action Network and the NAACP joined a number of other groups Thursday at a press conference to spread the message that they believe Timothy Taylor is innocent when it comes to the disappearance of Britanee Drexel.
Authorities say the 17-year old Brittanee Drexel supposedly was heading back to her motel in the Myrtle Beach area where she was staying but never made it there during an April 2009 Spring Break trip.
Taylor's supporters shouted out their call for justice in the heart of Charleston's tourism district on Thursday.
They say Taylor should not have to serve time in a federal prison for the armed robbery because he's already served time in a state prison.
Taylor was linked to Drexel's disappearance after a jailhouse informant told the FBI that Taylor and his father kidnapped Drexel, took her to a house near McClellanville, shot her dead and dumped her body in an alligator pit.
"No one in our family knows anything about Drexel except for what we heard in the news, except what was brought to us the day they indicted my son," said Joane Taylor, TimothyTaylor mother.
Taylor's supporters will hold a march on March tenth here in downtown Charleston.
The FBI says they have evidence Drexel was held against her will in three places, Georgetown, McClellanville and North Charleston. Authorities announced in 2016 that they believe Drexel is now dead.
Groups have held several rallies recently for Taylor's innocence including a prayer rally outside the Al Cannon Detention Center in North Charleston.
Taylor pleaded guilty on July 12, 2017, to federal charges in an unrelated armed robbery case in Mount Pleasant.
During that court hearing, federal prosecutors said Taylor failed a lie detector test related to the disappearance of Drexel within the past 30 days.
Federal prosecutors say they are still working on compiling evidence in the Drexel disappearance.
Taylor's attorney said he and his client met with the FBI three times and told agents Taylor has no idea what happened to Drexel.
During the summer of 2016, an FBI agent testified in open court that Drexel was abducted, gang-raped at a "stash house" in the McClellanville area, shot after trying to escape, and then her body was fed to alligators.
A jailhouse informant accused Taylor and his father, Shaun Taylor, of being directly involved in Drexel's murder, according to the agent's testimony.
Taylor has denied killing Drexel. At present, no one has been charged in her disappearance.