Three Judge Panel Will Decide If Aubrey Trail Gets Death Penalty

A day after he was convicted of the 2017 murder of Sydney Loofe, Aubrey Trail has waived his right to have a jury decide whether he should get the death penalty.

A three-judge panel to decide if there are aggravating circumstances to impose the death penalty or if he will get life in prison. Trail waived his right to the jury hearing Thursday morning and the jury was dismissed.

The next step is for the panel to convene. Judge Vicky Johnson, who heard the case in Saline County, will likely be one of the three judges on the panel. The other two will be chosen by the Chief Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court. The panel has to decide unanimously to sentence him to death.

Co-defendant Bailey Boswell is still awaiting trial - also on a charge of First Degree Murder. That trial is scheduled for October 15th.

Sydney Loofe was murdered in November 2017. Her dismembered remains were found weeks later in ditches along a state highway.


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