LINCOLN — The federal fraud trial for Aubrey Trail, a person of interest in the death of Lincoln woman Sydney Loofe, has been delayed.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Cheryl Zwart on Tuesday pushed the trial to May 14 to give attorneys more time. It had been scheduled for March 26.
Federal indictments allege Trail, 51, and his 23-year-old girlfriend, Bailey Boswell, scammed a Kansas couple out of $400,000 in a joint scheme to purchase a rare gold coinfrom an overseas dealer.
According to court records, Trail, 51, used a false name, and Boswell fraudulently portrayed herself as a broker. She allegedly set up false documents and websites to fool the Kansas couple.
The judge has not ruled on whether Trail can serve as his own attorney.
Trail recently wrote the judge requesting that he represent himself in the fraud case, saying he rarely met with his court-appointed attorney, Korey Reiman of Lincoln.
Zwart deferred ruling on that request last week after warning Trail that that he had no legal experience and he faced charges that, if proven, would keep him in prison for the rest of his life. She told him that he had a highly qualified defense attorney and that because Trail had recently been transferred from a prison in Kansas to a jail in Wilber, Nebraska, his attorney would be more available to him.
So Reiman continues as Trail’s attorney, at least for now.
Trail and Boswell remain persons of interest in the death of the 24-year-old Loofe, who disappeared Nov. 16 after arranging a date with Boswell online. Trail, in phone calls to reporters, has claimed responsibility for Loofe’s death but has maintained that it was accidental.
Loofe’s body was found in a rural area near Edgar, Nebraska, on Dec. 4 after an extensive search. Lancaster County and FBI investigators have taken statements from Trail about the case; authorities have said the investigation is continuing.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said the judge had ruled on the matter.