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Nebraska Supreme Court upholds life sentence for murdering and dismembering woman on Tinder date

The Nebraska Supreme Court has upheld the murder conviction and life sentence of a woman in the 2017 murder and dismemberment of a Nebraska hardware store clerk.

Bailey Boswell, 30, was found guilty in 2020 of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and mishandling of a corpse in the 24-year-old's death. sydney roof.Boswell's co-defendant and boyfriend at the time of the murder, 58 years old. aubrey trailHe was convicted of the same crime in 2019 and sentenced to death in 2021.

Prosecutors said Boswell and Trail had been planning to kill someone even before they met Roof on the dating app Tinder. Boswell arranged a date with Roof, a cashier at a Menards store in Lincoln, and lured her to the apartment where she was strangled.

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In this Aug. 6, 2018 file photo, Bailey Boswell (right) sits with her attorney Todd Lancaster during the Boswell murder trial at the Saline County Courthouse in Wilbur, Nebraska.

Eric Gregory/Lincoln Journal Star (via AP, Pool, File)


The FBI and other law enforcement agencies searched for Roof for three weeks before her dismembered body was discovered in December 2017. Roof's body was found cut into 14 pieces and left in garbage bags in a ditch along a rural road in southeastern Nebraska.

Roof was still alive when Trail and Boswell were around. caught on store surveillance video Prosecutors said in court documents that police purchased the tools they believe were used to mutilate her.

In her appeal, Ms. Boswell objected to the admission of prosecutors' evidence, including photos of Ms. Roof's dismembered body, arguing that the gruesome photos would only prejudice the jury against her. Boswell also objected to testimony from several women who said Trail and Boswell spoke of occult fantasies and expressed her desire to sexually torture and murder women.

During Boswell's sentencing hearing, Assistant Attorney General Doug Warner pointed to a photo of Roof's severed arm with a tattoo that said, “Everything will be great someday.” This was reported by CBS affiliate KMTV.. Mr Warner said some of the knife marks around the tattoo had nothing to do with the amputation.

Warner cited “the defendant's apparent enjoyment of the murder, the unnecessary mutilation of the victim, the senselessness of the crime, and the helplessness of the victim.”

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Boswell's attorney argued at trial that he was coerced by Trail to help kill and dismember Roof.

“The errors identified by Defendant Boswell regarding the trial court's evidentiary ruling are of no value,” Justice Stephanie Stacy wrote Friday in response to the high court's unanimous decision.

Shortly after Roof's disappearance, Boswell and Trail initially posted a video on Facebook professing their innocence. KMTV reported. Boswell said in the video that he and Roof took drugs at her home before dropping her off at her friend's house. Mr. Boswell had planned to go to the casino that weekend, but he said he had not heard from Mr. Roof since then.

The video was deleted hours after it was posted on the Finding Sydney Loofe Facebook page.

Summarize this content to 100 words The Nebraska Supreme Court has upheld the murder conviction and life sentence of a woman in the 2017 murder and dismemberment of a Nebraska hardware store clerk.Bailey Boswell, 30, was found guilty in 2020 of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and mishandling of a corpse in the 24-year-old's death. sydney roof.Boswell's co-defendant and boyfriend at the time of the murder, 58 years old. aubrey trailHe was convicted of the same crime in 2019 and sentenced to death in 2021.Prosecutors said Boswell and Trail had been planning to kill someone even before they met Roof on the dating app Tinder. Boswell arranged a date with Roof, a cashier at a Menards store in Lincoln, and lured her to the apartment where she was strangled.

In this Aug. 6, 2018 file photo, Bailey Boswell (right) sits with her attorney Todd Lancaster during the Boswell murder trial at the Saline County Courthouse in Wilbur, Nebraska.

Eric Gregory/Lincoln Journal Star (via AP, Pool, File)

The FBI and other law enforcement agencies searched for Roof for three weeks before her dismembered body was discovered in December 2017. Roof's body was found cut into 14 pieces and left in garbage bags in a ditch along a rural road in southeastern Nebraska.

Roof was still alive when Trail and Boswell were around. caught on store surveillance video Prosecutors said in court documents that police purchased the tools they believe were used to mutilate her.In her appeal, Ms. Boswell objected to the admission of prosecutors' evidence, including photos of Ms. Roof's dismembered body, arguing that the gruesome photos would only prejudice the jury against her. Boswell also objected to testimony from several women who said Trail and Boswell spoke of occult fantasies and expressed her desire to sexually torture and murder women.

During Boswell's sentencing hearing, Assistant Attorney General Doug Warner pointed to a photo of Roof's severed arm with a tattoo that said, “Everything will be great someday.” This was reported by CBS affiliate KMTV.. Mr Warner said some of the knife marks around the tattoo had nothing to do with the amputation.Warner cited “the defendant's apparent enjoyment of the murder, the unnecessary mutilation of the victim, the senselessness of the crime, and the helplessness of the victim.”

sydney roof

KMTV

Boswell's attorney argued at trial that he was coerced by Trail to help kill and dismember Roof.”The errors identified by Defendant Boswell regarding the trial court's evidentiary ruling are of no value,” Justice Stephanie Stacy wrote Friday in response to the high court's unanimous decision.

Shortly after Roof's disappearance, Boswell and Trail initially posted a video on Facebook professing their innocence. KMTV reported. Boswell said in the video that he and Roof took drugs at her home before dropping her off at her friend's house. Mr. Boswell had planned to go to the casino that weekend, but he said he had not heard from Mr. Roof since then.The video was deleted hours after it was posted on the Finding Sydney Loofe Facebook page.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/bailey-boswell-murder-conviction-life-sentence-upheld-2017-killing-sydney-loofe-nebraska/ Nebraska Supreme Court upholds life sentence for murdering and dismembering woman on Tinder date

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