Aubrey Trail

Aubrey Trail is accused in the slaying of Lincoln store clerk Sydney Loofe.

LINCOLN — A judge has decided to allow the Saline County sheriff to decide if Aubrey Trail can remain housed at a state prison facility equipped with nursing home-like beds.

Trail, 52, has asked to remain housed at the State Diagnostic and Evaluation Center in Lincoln during his trial, which is scheduled to begin Monday in Wilber, about 40 miles southwest of Lincoln.

Trail, who now uses a walker, has suffered a stroke and two heart attacks since being charged in connection with the slaying and dismemberment of Lincoln store clerk Sydney Loofe in 2017.

On Tuesday, Saline County District Judge Vicky Johnson denied Trail’s motion but ruled that such decisions are up to the Saline County sheriff, Alan Moore, because it’s his responsibility to arrange housing for inmates in his custody.

Moore was not in the office late Tuesday afternoon. In January, the sheriff transferred Trail to the Lincoln facility because of his health problems.

Trail, along with girlfriend Bailey Boswell, faces the possibility of the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder in connection with Loofe’s slaying.

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