A Nebraska woman accused of killing and dismembering her Tinder date in 2017 was sexually aroused by talking about murder and torture, prosecutors claimed in court last week.
Bailey Boswell, 26, and her 52-year-old boyfriend, Aubrey Trail, were both accused of murdering and dismembering Sydney Loofe, a 24-year-old store clerk whom Boswell met on the dating app Tinder. Boswell’s trial began in Lexington, Nebraska on Friday, and prosecutors alleged during opening statements that Boswell took sexual satisfaction from discussions of acts of cruelty, the Omaha World-Herald newspaper reported.
Lead prosecutor Sandra Allen claimed during Friday’s hearing that Boswell and Trail enjoyed talking about “killing and torture.” Three women, who claim they were previously lured into sex acts by the pair, are set to testify at Boswell’s trial.
“They will tell you that Bailey Boswell got off sexually talking about those kinds of things,” Allen said.
Loofe disappeared after going on a date with Boswell on Nov. 15, 2017, the Lincoln Journal Star newspaper reported. Her loved ones reported her missing after she failed to appear for work the following morning. Loofe’s dismembered remains were found weeks later in black garbage bags scattered along rural roads in Clay County.
Trail and Boswell were arrested for her murder, and Trail was found guilty last year of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder, the Journal Star reported. He is slated to be sentenced in December by a panel of three judges, who will decide if he is sentenced to life in prison or death.
During his trial last year, Trail claimed that Loofe consented to participate in a group sex game in exchange for money, and that he accidentally strangled her with an electrical cord during the act, according to another report from the Omaha World-Herald.
He, Boswell, and Loofe participated in the game, he claimed. He said that Boswell was not responsible for Loofe’s death and that she only helped him clean up after the murder and dispose of Loofe’s remains.
Trail and Boswell are alleged to have been the ringleaders of a group that was interested in recruiting young women for sex games that involved acts like wearing a dog collar, the World-Herald reported. Boswell is facing charges of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and improper disposal of human remains, and she could be put to death if found guilty of murder.
During opening statements on Friday, her attorney, Todd Lancaster, urged the jury to be critical of the state’s evidence against his client and suggested that they would try to manipulate jurors’ emotions using graphic autopsy photos.
“They’re going to assault you with those pictures,” Lancaster said. “Ask yourself, is it because their evidence is not strong?”
Lancaster also suggested that jurors be critical of the three unnamed women who will be testifying, stating that they are expected to say “some crazy things,” but that jurors should pay attention to whether their stories “match up.”
Boswell’s trial is expected to last for four weeks, local outlets report.
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