LINCOLN — A 14-day trial beginning on Oct. 15 has been set for Bailey Boswell, one of two people accused in the slaying and dismemberment of a Lincoln store clerk in 2017.

Boswell, 25, faces the death penalty if convicted, as does her boyfriend, Aubrey Trail, who allegedly lured the clerk, Sydney Loofe, to an apartment they shared in Wilber, Nebraska. Both are charged with first-degree murder.

Loofe disappeared Nov. 15 after arranging a date with Boswell via the dating app Tinder. Loofe’s remains were found on Dec. 4 and 5, scattered across a rural area near Edgar, Nebraska, in plastic bags.

Trail, 52, has told reporters that he was responsible for Loofe’s death, claiming that he strangled her accidentally with an electrical cord as part of a sexual fantasy involving him and two other women. Boswell, according to Trail, wasn’t present but helped dispose of her body.

Authorities allege that the pair began conspiring to kill someone four months before meeting up with Loofe. Trail and Boswell were caught on surveillance tape at a Lincoln hardware outlet purchasing tools that officials said could be used to dismember a body prior to Loofe’s last encounter with the pair.

Boswell, a onetime basketball standout from Leon, Iowa, hasn’t spoken with reporters or investigators since the incident. She has pleaded not guilty.

On Thursday, Saline County District Judge Vicky Johnson scheduled Boswell’s trial for Oct. 15 through Nov. 1 in Wilber.

Trail is scheduled to go to trial June 17.

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