Death penalty hearing for Bailey Boswell begins Wednesday

(Saline County, NE) -- The death penalty hearing for Bailey Boswell begins on Wednesday.

The hearing will determine if Boswell will get the death penalty or life in prison for the November 2017 murder and dismemberment of 24 year old Sydney Loofe. Boswell was found guilty of first-degree murder last year for the killing. Boswell’s co-defendant, Aubrey Trail, has already received the death penalty for the crime.

The three-judge panel will examine the case and decide if there are aggravating circumstances that would warrant the death penalty. There are nine different definitions of aggravating circumstances but the three-judge panel would only have to determine Loofe’s murder contained one.

The panel consists of randomly selected statewide judges including Vicky Johnson, who presided over the Boswell case, Darla Ideus, from the 3rd Judicial District and Peter Bataillon, of the 4th Judicial District. Johnson will serve as the presiding judge.

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