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Bailey Boswell sentencing hearing; graphic details from killing of Sydney Loofe reviewed in court

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Posted at 1:39 PM, Jun 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-30 20:19:19-04

WILBER, Neb. (KMTV) — After a conviction of first-degree murder last fall, state prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Bailey Boswell, for her role in the murder of Sydney Loofe.

Wednesday, which was the first day of a three-day hearing, was a graphic day. Photos of Sydney Loofe's dismembered body were shown to the three-judge panel. It included several photos of her arms, head, torso and thighs.

State prosecutors did this because they argue that the “Crime was particularly cruel or manifested in exceptional depravity by ordinary standards of morality or intelligence.”
Doug Warner, the assistant attorney general, said Loofe was singled out as a victim.

“That the murder, where there was apparent relishment of the murder by the defendant, needless mutilation of the victim, senselessness of the crime and helplessness of the victim,” said Warner.

He pointed to a photo of Loofe’s detached arm, with a tattoo that read “Everything will be wonderful someday.” The arm included knife marks around the tattoo, that had nothing to do with the dismemberment.

Warner said it showed that Boswell relished in the killing.

Loofe’s body was cut into almost several pieces and had some damage to parts that weren’t cut, most occurring after the murder, some before.

Boswell's defense attorney, Todd Lancaster said the state’s case relies on body mutilation, which took place after her death.

He says Loofe’s murder doesn’t fit into the specific criteria that warrant the death penalty.

“Mutilation cases be limited to cases where the mutilation is not simply an effort to hide the crime. The evidence you’re going to see today is basically an effort to hide the crime,” said Lancaster.

Here's a quick rundown of the case.

Sydney Loofe met Boswell on the dating app Tinder in November of 2017. Boswell and her co-conspirator Aubrey Trail eventually lured Loofe to their Wilber home.

READ MORE: Aubrey Trail sentenced to death for the murder of Sydney Loofe

Authorities found Loofe's body in pieces in rural Clay County.

“The culmination of their search results reveals recovery of all parts of Sydney’s body except for the upper left arm.”

Trail was sentenced to death this month, and Boswell was convicted of first-degree murder last year.

Now as the state seeks the death penalty, prosecutors put up FBI investigator, Eli McBride to describe the investigation as well as a pathologist, Dr. Michelle Elieff, who did Loofe’s autopsy.

Elieff pointed to the injuries that occurred either before or after Loofe's death, some of which were done by animals. It didn’t appear that any members of Sydney Loofe’s family were in the courtroom Wednesday.

Boswell had some family members present. Two left when the photos of Loofe got especially graphic.

Boswell kept her head down while many of the photos were shown.

The hearing continues Thursday.

Below is Jon Kipper's Twitter account of the first day of the hearing.

Please note that the content is graphic and may be disturbing to some readers.

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