WILBER, Neb. (AP) — Prosecutors have added a conspiracy count to the charges against a man accused of killing and dismembering a Lincoln woman.
Prosecutor Sandra Allen filed a motion Friday to amend the charges against Aubrey Trail. Trail, 52, and 25-year-old Bailey Boswell are accused of strangling Sydney Loofe and cutting up her body. Loofe’s remains were found in Clay County on Dec. 4, 2017, weeks after she was reported missing.
Both defendants have pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and the improper disposal of human remains. Trail’s trial in Wilber is scheduled to begin June 17. Boswell’s hasn’t been scheduled.
In her motion, Allen alleges that Boswell searched social media for a victim and that she and Trail jointly selected Loofe. She says the two recruited others to commit murder, bought materials used to kill and dismember Loofe and disposed of the remains.
Allen didn’t say who the defendants allegedly recruited to take part in the killing, and she didn’t reply to calls seeking further information. No other arrests connected to Loofe’s slaying have been announced.
One of Trail’s attorneys, Benjamin Murray, said he wasn’t certain about the allegation but said he thinks there’s some question “as to who exactly may have been present when (Loofe) died.”
Court records don’t show a similar motion filed in Boswell’s case, and it’s unclear whether one is likely. Boswell’s attorney, Todd Lancaster, declined to comment.
Suzanne Gage, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Doug Peterson, said she couldn’t comment about whether Boswell also will be charged with conspiracy or what was behind the allegation that Boswell and Trail recruited others.