LEXINGTON, Neb. (AP) - A jury found a woman guilty Wednesday of the killing another woman who disappeared after a Tinder date and whose dismembered remains were later found in trash bags along rural Nebraska roads.
Jurors took less than four hours to find Bailey Boswell, 26, guilty of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and improper disposal of human remains in the 2017 killing of 24-year-old Sydney Loofe of Lincoln.
Boswell's defense had argued she was forced by her ex-convict boyfriend to go along with the killing and dismemberment, but state prosecutors said Boswell acted in tandem with Aubrey Trail, 54, to meet and kill Loofe.
Boswell could become the first woman sent to death row in Nebraska when she's sentenced at a later date. Trail was found guilty last year and also faces a possible death penalty.
Investigators say Boswell arranged a date with Loofe, a Lincoln store clerk, through the internet dating app Tinder for Nov. 15, 2017 - the same day officials say Loofe was killed. Loofe was reported missing by her family, and a massive search was launched. Her remains weren't found until Dec. 4, when her dismembered body was found stuffed into garbage bags that had been dumped in a field near Edgar, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) southwest of Lincoln.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Jury selection has begun in the trial of a woman charged with killing a 24-year-old woman who disappeared after a Tinder date and whose dismembered remains later were found in trash bags along remote gravel roads in Nebraska.
Bailey Boswell, 26, faces the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder in the November 2017 slaying of Sydney Loofe, who was a store clerk in Lincoln. Boswell had arranged a date with Loofe through the internet dating app - a date from which Loofe never returned.
Boswell's boyfriend, 54-year-old Aubrey Trail, was convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in Loofe's death in July 2019. Trail testified that he accidentally choked Loofe to death during a sex party that involved Boswell.
Boswell's trial was moved from Saline County, where she and Trail lived, to Dawson County because of extensive publicity.
On Wednesday, a special prosecutor handling the case asked jurors if they had read or heard anything about the case. Nearly all indicated that they had heard about the case, and most nodded when asked if they had gotten their information from news accounts.
Trail, a Kansas convict who specialized in fraud and deception, went on social media shortly after Loofe was reported missing to proclaim in a video that he and Boswell had nothing to do with her disappearance. Boswell has said she dropped Loofe off in Lincoln after their date and had no idea where she was.
During his trial, Trail slashed his own neck in front of jurors, but survived. Prosecutors have called Trail a conman. He is scheduled for sentencing in December.