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A man accused of murdering a former Neligh woman has been found mentally competent to stand trial.
Saline County District Judge Vicky Johnson ruled Wednesday that Aubrey Trail, 52, is competent for trial June 2019 in the death of Sydney Loofe, a Neligh-Oakdale graduate. Judge Johnson made the ruling after reviewing a competency evaluation from psychiatrist Dr. Klaus Hartmann of the Lincoln Regional Center. Trail remains at the Saline County Jail in the general population.
Bailey Boswell, who is also charged in Loofe's murder, still has no jury trial date. She has not entered a plea in the case since her attorney is challenging the death penalty.
They both face the charges of 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.