WILBER, NE — A three-judge panel will announce Aubrey Trail’s fate on Wednesday.
Trail, 54, was convicted of first-degree murder in 2019 in a highly-publicized trial in Saline County. He admitted to killing 24-year-old Lincoln store clerk Sydney Loofe but claimed it was an accident and part of a sex act gone wrong. Loofe’s remains were found scattered in ditches in rural Clay County weeks after her death in 2017.
A three-judge panel, led by Judge Vicky Johnson and including Susan Strong and Michael Smith, will announce whether Trail is sentenced to death or life in prison. The judges are determining if aggravating circumstances exists and outweigh mitigating factors. The panel must unanimously agree in order to impose the death penalty. Attorneys presented written arguments to the judges in March.
The sentencing hearing starts at 10:00 a.m. at the Saline County Courthouse in Wilber.
Trail’s girlfriend and co-defendant, Bailey Boswell, was also convicted of first-degree murder. She has an aggravation/mitigation hearing set for the end of the month.