A Nebraska man on trial for killing and dismembering a woman his girlfriend met on Tinder slashed his throat and fell to the ground bleeding in a dramatic moment played out before jurors.
A witness had reportedly just finished testifying in the trial, when 52-year-old Aubrey Trail shouted out “Bailey is innocent, and I curse you all” before repeatedly slashing the right side of his neck with some kind of weapon. He then fell out of his wheelchair and crumpled to the ground, according to The Omaha World Herald.
Trail’s dramatic outburst was a reference to his girlfriend, Bailey Boswell, 24, who is also charged with first-degree murder for the death of Sydney Loofe.
Loofe, a store clerk, disappeared Nov. 16, 2017 after a Tinder date with Boswell. Her dismembered remains were found in trash bags a month later in rural Clay County, local station KOLN/KGIN reports.
Prosecutors have alleged that Trail and Boswell had conspired for weeks before the death to lure a woman to kill using social media.
Trail’s defense team contends, however, that Loofe was accidentally choked to death after being a willing participant in a sexual fantasy.
Despite the dramatic courtroom moment, testimony is expected to resume in the case this morning.
“I am going to order that Mr. Trail appear in handcuffs for the rest of the trial for obvious reasons,” the judge said Monday.
Trails attorneys told KOLN/KGIN they believe Trail injured himself using a piece of razor blade.
Although he appeared pale, had his eyes closed and was wheeled out on a stretcher after the self-inflicted injury and was taken to the hospital via an ambulance, his attorneys later said his injuries were not serious.
“We still think we can get a fair trial,” his attorney Ben Murray said, according to The World Herald.
The judge has also instructed the jury to dismiss the outburst and not to consider it as part of their deliberations.
Just before Trail's outburst, Hunter Birdsall, the manager of a Days Inn in Spencer, Iowa, had testified about calling a tip line after she noticed that two of the hotel’s guests were wanted in connection with the disappearance, The Lincoln Journal Star reports.
The pair had allegedly paid cash for their room and spent Thanksgiving dinner at the hotel in November 2017.
Boswell’s trial is slated to begin in October. Both Boswell and Trail could face the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder in the death.
Trail has reportedly already suffered two heart attacks and a stroke since his arrest.
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