**CONTENT WARNING: article includes discussion of suicide, self-harm and murder
A man accused of murdering and butchering a Nebraska woman stood up in the middle of his trial and slashed his own throat. He survived the attempt, and the trial continues.
Before he pierced his own throat, he yelled out:
“Bailey is innocent, and I curse you all!”
Aubrey Trail and his girlfriend, Bailey Boswell, are accused of murdering Sydney Loofe after luring her in through online dating.
Boswell’s trial is scheduled for later this year, but Trail’s has been an ongoing mess.
Loofe went missing on November 15, 2017. She had sent a friend a snapchat selfie stating, “Ready for my date”.
It was the last anyone heard from the young woman.
Trail’s trial was continuing on Monday, with a new witness being called in when he made the attempt on his own life. It is unknown what he used to try slicing his own throat, but deputies quickly stemmed the blood flow and Trail was taken to the hospital.
People online were divided on the news.
Trail and Boswell became people of interest in the case quickly, due to Boswell going on two dates with Loofe the week she vanished.
The pressure made the two post videos on a Facebook page looking for Loofe, declaring their innocence.
Trail said in the now deleted video:
“They’re chasing us around like dogs. I wish the family the best… I wish Sydney the best. But as far as the police department, f*** you.”
Boswell claimed in a video at the end of November 2017 that she dropped Loofe off after their date at a friend’s house and the two had plans for another later that weekend before she disappeared.
Boswell and Trail continued to claim their innocence online.
Only a week later, the body of Sydney Loofe was found, dismembered.
After being arrested, Boswell and Trail changed their story to say that Loofe died during a consensual encounter that included asphyxiation.
aubrey trail slit his own throat in court today but is trying to maintain some degree of innocence… sounds fake but ok
— keeks ✨ (@kierramercedes) June 24, 2019
It's all for show. He's been making calculated moves throughout this entire investigation. He's trying to spend the rest of his life in a hospital rather than a prison where he belongs
— Doooood 402 (@402_guy) June 24, 2019
He's had two heart attacks and a stroke since going to jail. And now he's in a wheelchair.
— Mali (@MaliBarber) June 25, 2019
After Trail’s suicide attempt in the middle of the trial, he was stabilized at a local hospital. He was quickly cleared to return to trial, however, he chose to not be present.
Despite his absence, Trail’s trial continued with business as usual. Forensic analysts provided the test results for DNA matching on items found in Clay County where Loofe’s body was discovered.
However, none of the items or vehicles searched from Trail had matching blood or DNA.
Defense attorney for Aubrey Trail told me he still thinks his client can get a fair trial even after Trail slashed his neck in front of the jury yesterday @OWHnews
— Paul Hammel (@PaulHammelOWH) June 25, 2019
After two, long delays, Judge Vicky Johnson adjourned court early Wednesday afternoon, citing concerns of jurors "blogging" about Aubrey Trail case. Also blames media for "rumors on comment sections" of websites.
Recap of a weird day:https://t.co/doYHyoEO0x
— Tommy Rezac (@Tommy_NCN) June 19, 2019
This Aubrey Trail trial is freakin' bananas.
— Jennifer Snyder (@snyder_jennifer) June 24, 2019
It is unknown if Trail will return to the courtroom before the trial ends. Testimony is scheduled through July 3.
Boswell will face trial later this year in October. Both defendants face the possibility of the death penalty if they are convicted.
With the rise of online dating, people need to approach personal safety differently.
For women specifically, the Pink Lenses: A Roadmap to Dating Safety and Domestic Violence Prevention is available here.