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It took a jury less than four hours to convict a Nebraska woman accused of luring another woman to her basement apartment on Tinder, then killing her and scattering her dismembered body parts throughout the county.
Prosecutors said 26-year-old Bailey Boswell carried out the grisly attack alongside her 53-year-old boyfriend Aubrey Trail, who was already found guilty of first-degree murder in the case last year, according to the Omaha World Herald.
Boswell was convicted of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and improper disposal of human remains in the death of 24-year-old Sydney Loofe Wednesday after just three-and-a-half hours of jury deliberations.
“As you went along, the evidence just added up, more and more and more,” juror Ed Scheuffele told the paper of the verdict.
Witnesses testified that before the 2017 slaying, Boswell, who had once been a high school sports standout, and Trail had regularly talked about torturing and murdering someone to “gain powers” through witchcraft or to record the gruesome slaying and make money with a snuff film.
Prosecutors believe the couple decided to carry out the fantasy and lured Loofe to their apartment on Nov. 15, 2017 after Boswell had arranged a meeting through the Tinder dating app.
“After months of fantasies, excitement, orgasmic excitement about torture and killing, I’m suggesting to you that Miss Loofe was pounced upon, and it wasn’t long after she got into that apartment.” Assistant Attorney General Mike Guinan said of the night Loofe was killed, according to local station KNKL.
Guinan also argued that the couple extensively planned the murder, taking a trip to a Lincoln Home Depot just hours before Boswell had planned to meet with Loofe to purchase a hacksaw, tinsnips and dropcloths.
“I’ll tell you she died on that floor in that apartment that night. Looking her killers in the eyeball, in the face. Eyeball to eyeball as she fought for her life,” Guinan said to the jury.
Loofe’s dismembered body parts were found in 13 black plastic trash bags a month after she disappeared scattered across Clay County.
Boswell’s attorneys did not call any witnesses during the trial but argued that the evidence suggested Trail, not Boswell, had carried out the murder.
“You need to consider whether or not they [the state] proved she had a hand in the killing. The evidence doesn’t support that,” Todd Lancaster said in his closing statement.
Lancaster also argued that the state had been “pushing their narrative onto the facts of the case and it doesn’t fit.”
Jurors told the Omaha World Herald that no single piece of evidence led to the conviction, but added that together the evidence painted a clear picture of premeditated murder.
Jurors who spoke with the news outlet also didn’t believe that Trail had forced Boswell to participate in the murder.
“It wasn’t close for me,” juror Jerry Fales said of the decision.
Boswell appeared to show no emotion in court when the verdict was read.
The 26-year-old could now become the first woman in the state of Nebraska to be sentenced to death—depending on the decision of a three-judge panel who will be tasked with determining whether she’ll spend the rest of her life behind bars or will receive the death penalty.
The Nebraska Attorney General’s Office has said it plans to argue for the death penalty due to the heinous nature of the crime.
Trail’s sentencing hearing is scheduled to begin on Dec. 15, according to News Channel Nebraska.
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