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The second person charged in the murder of Sydney Loofe is asking to have her trial moved out of Saline County, where her co-defendant was convicted earlier this month.
Bailey Boswell, 25, is requesting a change of venue for her trial, which is scheduled for Oct. 15-Nov. 1, in Saline County District Court at Wilber. Boswell has been charged with first degree murder and improper disposal of human skeletal remains.
Earlier this month, her alleged co-defendant, Aubrey Trail, 52, was convicted of first degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder after a jury deliberated for less than three hours. He has since requested a new trial, claiming his first one was unfair.
Todd Lancaster, Boswell’s court-appointed lawyer from the Nebraska Commission on Public Advocacy, requested a change of venue on Friday, arguing that a trial in Saline County would violate her right to a fair trial by an impartial jury.
Lancaster said the intense local news coverage of several newspapers, as well as local TV and radio stations, had reported hundreds of stories about the case surrounding Trail’s recent trial.
Her attorney wrote, “There is a pattern of deep and bitter prejudice in the venire,” which would be the jury pool.
"The information revealed in the supplemental questionnaires in Aubrey Trail’s case, in the news stories, and comments section of news outlet internet sites, show an atmosphere of hostility towards (Boswell)," Lancaster continued.
State prosecutors have not responded nor has Judge Vicky Johnson yet ruled on the motion for a change of venue. Boswell’s next hearing is set for Aug. 9 in Saline County District Court. She is currently being held without bond in the Saline County Jail.