A Nebraska man convicted of murdering and dismembering a young woman who went on a Tinder date with his girlfriend will wait until the end of the year to learn if he will be condemned to death for the crime.
Aubrey Trail, 53, has a new sentencing hearing scheduled for Dec. 15, at which point a panel of three judges will decide if he receives the death penalty or a life sentence, the Omaha World-Herald reported. He was previously scheduled to be sentenced in June.
Trail’s 26-year-old girlfriend Bailey Boswell, who is also charged in the killing of Sydney Loofe, 24, will face trial on first-degree murder charges later this year, the outlet reported. Her trial had been postponed because of a family emergency.
Trail was convicted of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and improper disposal of human remains in the November 2017 death and dismemberment of Loofe, a Lincoln store clerk. Loofe had arranged a date with Boswell via Tinder before disappearing.
Boswell and Loofe met on Tinder in November 2017, according to KMTV in Omaha. They had exchanged more than 100 messages before arranging to meet. They had a date on Nov. 14, during which Boswell and Loofe drove around smoking pot — arranging a date for the next night, according to the World-Herald.
On Nov. 15, around 10:30 a.m., Boswell and Trail were captured on security cameras at a Home Depot buying what investigators believe were accessories used to cut up and dispose of Loofe’s body, according to court documents.
Later that night, Boswell showed up at Loofe’s house for a date from which Loofe never returned.
Loofe was reported missing the next day, sparking an intense search that ultimately led to the discovery of her remains on Dec. 4. Loofe’s body had been dismembered, wrapped in plastic bags, and scattered along gravel roads in central Nebraska. During Trail’s trial, prosecutors maintained that Loofe was a victim of a conspiracy by the couple to lure a young woman via social media for torture and death.
Trail had provided a number of different explanations for why Loofe died, but contended at trial that the 24-year-old had died during “rough sex” between himself, Boswell and Loofe — also asserting that Boswell had nothing to do with Loofe’s death. Boswell has pleaded not guilty and faces a potential death sentence if convicted.
Jurors rejected Trail’s defense, convicting him after less than three hours of deliberation, the World-Herald reported at the time.
During an earlier hearing, Trail dramatically slashed his throat and fell to the courtroom floor while proclaiming Boswell’s innocence. He was promptly treated and was able to stand trial.
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