Aubrey Trail's trial on 14 federal charges for allegedly swindling a Kansas couple out of hundreds of thousands of dollars has been delayed until May over his objections.
Trail, 51, and his co-defendant, Bailey Boswell, had been set for trial March 26 on charges of causing or inducing interstate travel in the commission of a fraud. Trail faces 14 counts and Boswell 10.
At a meeting Tuesday morning in chambers with attorneys, U.S. Magistrate Judge Cheryl Zwart agreed to the continuance, sought by the prosecutor.
Zwart hasn't yet ruled on Trail's request to represent himself, which was prompted in part by Trail's difficulty communicating with his court-appointed attorney while he was being housed at a private jail in Kansas.
Investigators say Trail and Boswell are persons of interest in the November disappearance and death of Sydney Loofe.
In a sealed affidavit, sent to the Journal Star from Trail, an FBI special agent laid out how Lincoln police investigators looking into Loofe's disappearance learned Nov. 26 of a Kansas antique dealer bringing a gun and $5,000 cash to a Beatrice parking lot to be delivered to Trail in Wilber.
They later learned the Hiawatha, Kansas, dealer had given Trail and Boswell more than $400,000 in cash and antiques, believing they were costs associated with the sale of an 1879 gold coin the pair falsely claimed was worth more than $1 million, prosecutors say.