NewsLocal News


3-judge panel begins process to determine Aubrey Trail's fate

Aubrey Trail Trial
Posted at 4:27 PM, Mar 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-14 17:27:08-04

A THREE-JUDGE PANEL HAS BEGUN THE PROCESS OF DETERMINING WHETHER A MAN WILL GET THE DEATH PENALTY OR LIFE IN PRISON FOR THE 2017 KILLING AND DISMEMBERING OF A NEBRASKA WOMAN. — WILBER, Neb. (AP) — A three-judge panel has begun the process of determining whether a man will get the death penalty or life in prison for the 2017 killing and dismembering of a Nebraska woman.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports prosecutors on Thursday argued before the panel that 54-year-old Aubrey Trail showed “exceptional depravity" in the death of 24-year-old Lincoln store clerk Sydney Loofe, who disappeared after arranging a Tinder date with him.

Weeks after her disappearance, Loofe’s body parts were found in 14 pieces in ditches along a state highway.

A defense attorney for Trail said her killing was not planned and painted Trial as having endured abuse as a child. It could be several weeks before the panel decides Trail's fate.

Download our apps today for all of our latest coverage.

Get the latest news and weather delivered straight to your inbox.