June trial date set for accused killer Aubrey Trail, whose request for a TV or radio is denied
LINCOLN — The man accused in the slaying of Lincoln store clerk Sydney Loofe is now scheduled to go on trial June 17.
The trial date for Aubrey Trail, 52, was set Thursday after a brief court appearance in Saline County District Court in Wilber, Nebraska.
District Judge Vicky Johnson also ordered that Trail be provided a laptop computer in his cell to look at evidence gathered by the FBI and state investigators concerning Loofe’s death. She disappeared on Nov. 15 after going on an Internet-arranged date with Trail’s 24-year-old girlfriend, Bailey Boswell.
Loofe’s body, which had been dismembered, was found three weeks later in a rural area near Edgar, Nebraska, about an hour’s drive west of the Wilber apartment rented by Trail and Boswell.
The pair have pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and improper disposal of a dead body. Both Trail and Boswell face the possibility of the death penalty if found guilty. A trial date for Boswell has not yet been set.
Trail, in a motion filed recently, had asked the judge to provide him with a television or radio in his solitary confinement cell, which provides none of the TV or radio privileges of a general population cell. He said he was placed in solitary confinement for security purposes because of threats against him.
But instead of a TV or radio, the judge granted him access to a computer. Ben Murray, one of Trail’s court-appointed attorneys, said that the computer’s access to the Internet will be disabled but that Trail will be able to review some of the statements and other evidence gathered in the case.
The judge also granted Murray’s requests for the defense to hire its own pathologist and forensic anthropologist to review the autopsy and other evidence.