Sentencing Hearing In June For Aubrey Trail

BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) – A June hearing date has been set for a 3-judge panel to decide whether Aubrey Trail, the Nebraska man convicted in the thrill-killing murder and dismemberment of a Lincoln woman in Nov 2017, will be executed

Normally, a 3-judge panel either confirms or rejects a recommendation of death from the trial jury, but the 52-year old Trail waived his right for a jury recommendation.

The judges will consider evidence to decide whether prosecutors can prove at least one aggravating factor from state law for capital punishment.

Trail was convicted in a month-long jury trial last July of 1st degree murder in the death of 24-year old Sydney Loofe. He told the Omaha World-Herald that if he’s sentenced to death he’ll file a lawsuit to try to force the state to carry out the execution in a timely fashion.

Prosecutors say Trail and his girlfriend, Bailey Boswell, used social media to search for a woman to murder and settled on Loofe, who disappeared within days of going on a date with Boswell. Her dismembered body was found in multiple locations in rural areas several weeks later.

Boswell is scheduled for trial in March on similar charges. Her trial was recently moved to Lexington because of concerns over pre-trial publicity. Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Boswell if she’s convicted.

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