Trail, Boswell’s 53-yearold boyfriend, was found guilty of murder last year by a jury in Wilber and will find out in December if he will be sentenced to death or life in prison. Boswell, who also faces the possibility of the death penalty if convicted on the murder charge, is being tried in Lexington, about 35 miles west of Kearney.
A Lincoln police investigator, Robert Hurley, testified Monday that he used cellphone and cell tower data to piece together the travels of two cellphones registered to Boswell and another registered to Loofe just before and after Loofe disappeared.
On the morning before her date with Loofe, Boswell’s cellphones tracked to a Home Depot in Lincoln, where the hacksaw and tinsnips were purchased, and then to the Aardvark Antique Mall, where Trail purchased the Gerber knife, as well as a vintage hand cranked meat grinder. Receipts for both purchases, as well as surveillance video of the purchases, were shown to the jurors.
Jurors also viewed video of a visit about noon on Nov. 15 to the Menards where Loofe, 24, worked. The video showed Trail walking into the store, then glancing over his shoulder to look at Loofe as she walked out the front door to the store’s guard shack to relieve a worker there.
The cellphones, Hurley testified, were then tracked leaving Lincoln at about 5:35 p.m. It appeared that Boswell and Loofe drove around northeast Lincoln for a while, then headed to Wilber, arriving about 8 p.m. That’s when the last data was received from Loofe’s phone, the investigator said.