WILBER — A judge has ruled that Aubrey Trail is mentally fit to stand trial in the murder of 24-year-old Lincoln woman Sydney Loofe.
Trail’s attorneys had his competency evaluated as a matter of due diligence to prevent last-minute issues in the case slated for trial in June.
“We want the trial on track,” Trail’s attorney, Joe Murray, said after the brief hearing in Saline County District Court.
Trail’s attorneys submitted a letter from a psychologist regarding his competency, and state prosecutors said they didn’t have any concerns about his fitness to stand trial.
Saline County District Judge Vicki Johnson has sealed the letter at the request of the defense.
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Trail and Bailey Boswell, whom he has called his girlfriend, are accused of first-degree murder and unlawful disposal of human remains in Loofe’s death. They remain at the Saline County jail, where they are being held without bond.
Investigators say Trail strangled Loofe with an electrical cord after she came to his Wilber apartment while on a date with Boswell on Nov. 15, 2017.
Her remains were found Dec. 4 in rural Clay County, and investigators allege tools used to dismember her were purchased in Lincoln hours before she went on the date with Boswell.
Trail has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
He and Boswell face the possibility of the death penalty if convicted. Boswell’s attorney is challenging the constitutionality of Nebraska’s death penalty laws.