WILBER, Neb. — Aubrey Trail pleaded not guilty Friday morning in connection with the slaying of Lincoln store clerk Sydney Loofe.

No date was set for the trial at which Trail, 51, will face the death penalty.

But Trail’s court-appointed attorneys said their client is eager to tell his side of the story.

“He claims he is not guilty, and no one wants a trial more than Aubrey Trail,” said attorney Joe Murray.

Murray said the case may not go to trial until next year due to the thousands of pages of evidence that have accumulated during the seven-month period between when Loofe’s body was found in pieces in plastic bags and when Trail and his 24-year-old girlfriend, Bailey Boswell, were finally charged.

Loofe, 24, disappeared in November after arranging a date over the Internet with Boswell. Her remains were found three weeks later after extensive searches by local law enforcement and the FBI.

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