Nebraska court says man convicted for Sydney Loofe death can’t be own lawyer

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FILE – In this July 9, 2019, file photo, Aubrey Trail testifies during his murder trial at the Saline County Courthouse in Wilber, Neb. Trail was sentenced to death Wednesday, June 9, 2021, for killing and dismembering a Nebraska hardware store clerk who refused to commit to his lifestyle of group sex and fraud. (Chris Machian/Omaha World-Herald via AP, File)

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A man sentenced to death for the killing and dismemberment of a Lincoln woman he met on the date app Tinder will not get to serve as his own attorney in his automatic appeal.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that the Nebraska Supreme Court last week rejected Aubrey Trail’s plan to fire his team of attorneys and represent himself in his appeal.

The 55-year-old Trail had argued that his court-appointed attorneys have refused to support his request to sell some $25,000 in antiques and rare coins and give the money to a memorial fund set up for his victim, 24-year-old Sydney Loofe.

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