LINCOLN — Aubrey Trail, a person of interest in the death of a Lincoln woman, used a change of plea hearing Thursday for the purpose of not changing his plea.
So, instead of pleading guilty to 14 federal charges of fraud, he was ordered to stand trial May 14 on charges that he helped defraud a Kansas couple out of $400,000.
Trail’s court-appointed attorney, Korey Reiman of Lincoln, had requested the court hearing in anticipation that Trail, 51, wanted to change his plea from not guilty to guilty. But when U.S. Magistrate Cheryl Zwart asked if Trail was ready to do that, Reiman said no.
The defense attorney, following a very short court hearing, declined to comment on why his client had changed his mind.
Trail and his 24-year-old girlfriend, Bailey Boswell, are persons of interest in the disappearance and death of Sydney Loofe, a 24-year-old Menard’s clerk from Lincoln. Loofe disappeared Nov. 16 after arranging a date via the Internet with Boswell. Loofe’s body was found near Edgar, Nebraska, three weeks later.
In phone calls to The World-Herald and other media, Trail has claimed responsibility for Loofe’s death but has said it was an accident.
An FBI spokesman said Thursday that an investigation into Loofe’s death is continuing.
But the theft charges against Trail and Boswell have served to keep the couple behind bars while that probe continues. According to court records, Trail and Boswell scammed a Kansas couple out of $400,000 as part of a scheme to buy a rare gold coin from an overseas dealer and sell it for a profit.