Criminal Justice

Murder suspect slashes his throat in court; trial resumes without him

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A man being tried for the murder of his girlfriend’s Tinder date slashed his throat in a Nebraska courtroom Monday and tumbled from his wheelchair.

Before slashing at his neck, 52-year-old Aubrey Trail had shouted, “Bailey is innocent, and I curse you all.” The Washington Post, the Omaha World-Herald, the Associated Press and the Lincoln Journal Star have coverage.

Bailey Boswell is Trail’s 25-year-old girlfriend and co-defendant in their trial for the 2017 murder of 24-year-old Sydney Loofe. Trail has maintained that Loofe was accidentally choked to death during a consensual sex fantasy.

The trial resumed Tuesday without Trail in the courtroom. His lawyer, Joe Murray, told the Lincoln Journal Star that Trail was released from the hospital after receiving stitches for his wound. District Judge Vicky Johnson of Saline County told jurors that Trail chose not to attend.

Johnson had told jurors Monday to disregard Trail’s actions. She said she and the lawyers would be questioning each juror individually.

Murray told the Lincoln Journal Star that the issue of a mistrial had been raised, but Nebraska law holds that a defendant’s actions can’t cause a mistrial.

Trail has had two heart attacks and a stroke since his arrest.

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