Man On Trial For Allegedly Killing Tinder Date Syndey Loofe Slashed His Throat In Court

Aubrey Trail is being tried for the alleged murder of Sydney Loofe; witnesses say he used a sharp object to cut his neck, then fell out of his wheelchair.

June 25, 2019
Mug shot of Aubrey Trail [Saline County Sheriff's Office]; Sydney Loofe [Lincoln Police Department]
By: Mike McPadden

WILBER, NE — A man on trial for murder reportedly pulled out a sharp object in court and used it to slash his own throat, according to authorities. The defendant then reportedly fell out of his wheelchair and was rushed to a hospital.

Aubrey Trail, 52, is standing trial for the November 2017 murder and dismemberment of 24-year-old Sydney Loofe.

Both Trail and his alleged accomplice, Bailey Boswell, 25, have been charged with first-degree murder in the case. Boswell is reportedly scheduled to go on trial in October.

According to witnesses, Trail was sitting in a wheelchair during court proceedings on Monday when he produced what appeared to be a small blade and yelled, “Bailey is innocent and I curse you all!”

Reports state that Trail slashed his own neck and fell out of the wheelchair. Deputies reportedly rushed to assist Trail, after which EMS workers carried him out on a stretcher into an ambulance.

It’s believed that Trail’s outburst was referring to Boswell. Together, Trail and Boswell are accused of planning the abduction and murder of Loofe, reportedly after she hooked up with Boswell on the dating app Tinder and met her in person on November 15. After that, allegedly, Loofe vanished.

Police say that, 19 days later, Loofe’s body was found in rural Clay County, cut up and wrapped in garbage bags.

Trail’s attorneys are claiming that their client had a consensual encounter with Loofe and accidentally asphyxiated her during a mutually agreed–upon sex game.

At present, Trail’s condition has not been announced to the public, nor has it been revealed where he received any treatment.

Saline County District Judge Vicky Johnson ordered the jury to return on Tuesday and reportedly stated that, going forward, Trail will be handcuffed for the rest of the trial.

Johnson also reportedly told jurors, “It's asking a lot of you, but disregard anything you hear or see. Don't listen to or engage with anybody talking about the case.”

According to the Lincoln Journal-Star, a defendant does not have to be present at trial in Nebraska and “typically, defendants’ actions can’t cause a mistrial.”

On Tuesday, the Omaha World-Herald reported that Trail opted not to attend his trial and that his lawyer said the defendant had required stitches.

If convicted, both Aubrey Trail and Bailey Bosworth could face the death penalty.

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