Murder suspect slashes own throat during trial
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A man accused of killing and dismembering a 24-year-old woman slashed his neck and fell from his wheelchair during his murder trial.
Aubrey Trail and Bailey Boswell have been charged with first-degree murder following the death of Sydney Loofe in 2017.
Just before harming himself in court on Monday, Trail had shouted: “Bailey is innocent and I curse you all.”
Police officers rushed over to help the 52-year-old as he lay bleeding on the floor of the courthouse in Nebraska.
It is unclear what Trail used to slash his throat, but his lawyers said he might have used part of a razor blade.
The seriousness of his injuries has not been reported, but the judge ordered the jury to return on Tuesday morning.
Officials say Trail was taken to hospital and has suffered a stroke and two heart attacks since his arrest.
Saline County District Judge Vicky Johnson said the suspect will be handcuffed for the remainder of his trial.
Prosecutors have alleged that Trail and Boswell planned Loofe’s abduction and killing.
Trail’s lawyer has said the woman’s death was an accident during a consensual sex fantasy.
Loofe’s body was found dismembered in rubbish bags.
Boswell is still awaiting trial.
The suspects face the death penalty if convicted.