WILBER – Aubrey Trail pleaded guilty on Monday to one of the felony charges he’s facing in connection to the murder of Sydney Loofe.
Trail’s court trial started in Saline County on Monday morning. He was brought into the courthouse in a wheelchair before entering the plea.
Trail has suffered a stroke and two heart attacks after being arrested in the November 2017 slaying.
The change of plea comes the same morning as jury selection. Trail planned to enter the plea last Friday, but couldn’t make it due to medical reasons.
Improper disposal of skeletal remains is a Class four felony and carries a punishment of up to two years in prison.
The jury selection was moved to the Wilber America Legion Hall due to the large number of potential jurors.
The remains of 24-year-old Sydney Loofe were found in garbage bags in rural Clay County in December 2017. Loofe, who lived in Lincoln, had gone missing after going on a Tinder date in Wilber with Bailey Boswell, Trail’s girlfriend.
Trail and Boswell were charged with murder in June 2018. Boswell’s trial is set to start in October, and she also faces first degree murder charges.
The trial is expected to last four weeks. The State is seeking the death penalty if Trail is found guilty of first degree murder.
Trail has pleaded not guilty to first degree murder, saying that Loofe was killed accidentally.