Suspect in Nebraska woman's death slashes neck during trial

Murder suspect Aubrey Trail slashes his neck during his trial Monday morning in Wilber. (Image from Courtroom Media Pool)
June 24, 2019 - 1:47pm

A man accused in the 2017 slaying of a Nebraska woman slashed his neck and fell from a wheelchair during his murder trial.


Aubrey Trail was taken to the hospital after slashing his neck during his murder trial Monday. (Photo by Bill Kelly, NET News)

Fifty-two-year-old Aubrey Trail yelled "Bailey is innocent, and I curse you all" Monday before swiping something across his neck in the courtroom in Wilber, 35 miles southwest of Lincoln. Deputies rushed to help as Trail lay bleeding on the floor.

It is unclear how badly Trail is injured, but he is expected to return to court when the trial is scheduled to resume at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday. He has been in a wheelchair throughout the trial. His defense attorneys say he's had a stroke and two heart attacks since his arrest.

After a lengthy recess, the judge advised the jury to disregard the outburst. She then adjourned the proceedings for the day. The judge is interviewing each juror separately to gauge whether they would be able to continue to stand in judgment of the defendant without letting the incident affect their deliberations on his guilt or innocence.

Trail and 25-year-old Bailey Boswell are charged with first-degree murder in the killing and dismemberment of 24-year-old Sydney Loofe.

Prosecutors say the pair planned Loofe's abduction and killing. Trail's attorney says her death was an accident during a consensual sex fantasy.

Boswell awaits trial in October.

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