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A week after her death penalty challenge failed, Bailey Boswell has pleaded not guilty to the charges in connection to the death of Sydney Loofe, formerly of Neligh.
Boswell, 24, was originally scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 17; however, she instead chose not to appear in person and submitted a written plea of not guilty on Thursday.
She and Aubrey Trail are both charged with murder in the first degree, a class 1 or class 1A felony, which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison (Class 1) or the death penalty (Class 1A); and improper disposal of human skeletal remains, a class IV felony, which carries up to 2 years in prison and a fine.
A motion by Boswell's attorney, claiming Nebraska's death penalty law is unconstitutional, was rejected last week by District Judge Vicky Johnson.
Todd Lancaster, Boswell’s court-appointed lawyer from the Nebraska Commission on Public Advocacy, had argued that, in 2008, the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled that execution by the electric chair was unconstitutional.
Trail has already pleaded not guilty to the charges and his case has been set for trial next June. No trial date has been set for Boswell yet.