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The two individuals charged in the death of Neligh native Sydney Loofe made their first court appearance this morning.
At the Saline County Courthouse in Wilber, Aubrey Trail, 51, appeared first via video followed by Bailey Boswell, 24, also via video. Both appeared without counsel and were handcuffed and dressed in court-issued orange jump suits.
They both are charged with two felonies — murder in the first degree, a class 1 or 1A felony, which carries a maxium pentalty 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.
The murder charge is alleged on or about November 15-16, 2017. The disposal charge allegedly occurred between November 15 and November 30, 2017.
Trail said he would be speaking to an attorney on Wednesday. The state then asked the judge to appoint standby counsel due to the charges.
“Given the seriousness of the charges, I’m going to appoint standby counsel,” the judge said.
She appointed Joseph Murray and Benjamin Murray to represent Trail as standby counsel.
Boswell requested an attorney be appointed. The judge appointed the Nebraska Commission on Public Advocacy to represent her.
Neither individual was asked to enter a plea in the case, and both will be held without bond. Their cases were both continued to Thursday, June 19, at 11 a.m. for an election of preliminary hearing.