Bailey Boswell Seeks Change of Venue in Sydney Loofe Murder Trial

July 29, 2019, 5:07 p.m. ·


Bailey Boswell’s attorney is asking a judge to move her murder trial outside of Saline County.

Boswell is charged with first-degree murder in the 2017 death of Sydney Loofe of Lincoln.

Her trial is scheduled to begin in mid-October, a few months after a jury convicted co-defendant Aubrey Trail of murdering Loofe and dismembering her body.

In a change of venue motion filed Friday, attorney Todd Lancaster says Boswell couldn’t get a fair trial in Saline County because of the significant media coverage of the first trial.

The motion says media coverage featured detailed accounts of witness testimony, including the few hours that Trail himself took the stand.

"There is a pattern of deep and bitter prejudice in the venire," Lancaster writes in the motion. "The information revealed in the supplemental questionnaires in Aubrey Trail's case, in the news stories, and comments section of news outlet internet sites, show an atmosphere of hostility towards the Defendant."

The defense is also asking a judge to allow the press to name three witnesses whose identities were protected under court order during the Trail trial.

Three young women testified Trail and Boswell spoke often of murder and claimed to have killed and tortured other people. They’re expected to testify at Boswell’s trial as well.

Lancaster says witness privacy concerns are not sufficient to exclude their testimony from media coverage.

Judge Vicky Johnson will consider the motions at a hearing on August 9.

Boswell could face the death penalty if convicted.