The verdict was handed down Wednesday to a man convicted of killing a woman whose broken remains were later found in garbage bags along rural Nebraska. The convicted killer Aubrey Trail entered the Saline County District Courtroom with life in prison or the death penalty. A panel of three judges sentenced Trail to death. Trail, 54, and Bailey Boswell, 26, were convicted of the murder of Lincoln store secretary Sydney Loofe, 24. On Wednesday, Trail said Wednesday he would set the record straight and go to court. He stated that he murdered Sydney Loofe, but he does not admit to having committed murder. Trail said Boswell lured Loofe to his apartment because he was trying to recruit Loofe for his cult, and she “freaked out.”
The verdict was handed down Wednesday to a man convicted of killing a woman whose broken remains were later found in garbage bags along rural Nebraska.
The convicted murderer Aubrey Trail entered the Saline County District Courtroom for life in prison or the death penalty.
A panel of three judges sentenced Trail to death.
Trail, 54, and Bailey Boswell, 26, were convicted of the murder of Lincoln Store Secretary Sydney Loofe, 24, in 2017.
On Wednesday, Trail said he wanted to set the record straight and went to court.
He stated that he murdered Sydney Loofe, but he does not admit to having committed murder. Trail said Boswell lured Loofe to his apartment because he was trying to recruit Loofe for his cult, and she “freaked out.” He said he had no doubt she would tell the authorities about “their lifestyle”, so he killed her. He said no one else was involved in the murder.
“I’ve done some terrible things in my life,” Trail said.
He said he regrets killing Loofe, but that he is not asking for mercy. Trail said he “could care less” about what was happening to him.
Before the court announced the verdict, Judge Vicki Johnson said Trail used extraordinary depravity in the selection and cold planning of the murder of Loofe. Extraordinary depravity is one of the circumstances required for the death penalty.
Johnson claimed that Loofe’s death was planned in advance. She said Trail enjoyed bragging about the murder and joked that he drank Loofe’s blood.
The judge said Loofe was “unnecessarily” separated to satisfy Trail’s desires, and therefore he did not have to hide his body. Unnecessary mutilation is a factor to consider when establishing unique spoilage.
Johnson said Trail was not working badly and was not drunk when the murder took place. She said his attempt to dispose of Loofe’s remains proves that he understands the injustice of the murder.
The judge said Trails’ poor upbringing did not constitute a mitigating factor.
Investigators say Boswell arranged a date with Loofe through the dating app Tinder on November 15, 2017 – the same day officials say Loofe was killed. Loofe was reported missing by her family and a massive search was launched. Her remains were first found on December 4, when her dismembered body was found filled in garbage bags that had been dumped in a field near Edgar, about 150 miles southwest of Lincoln.
Trail previously told several news outlets that Loofe’s death was unintentional. In the unsealed arrest, however, investigators stated that Trail and Boswell were caught on video at a Home Depot in Lincoln on Nov. 15, buying tools used to split Loofe, hours before Loofe’s death and while she was still at work.
Boswell could become the first woman to be sent to death in Nebraska when she was convicted at a later date.
Trail made national headlines during a court hearing in 2019 as he tried to take his own life.
Shortly after a witness was sworn in, Trail allegedly shouted “Bailey is innocent and I curse you all!”
Trail then tried to cut his own neck.