Two forensic examiners testify in murder trial

The Aubrey Trail murder trial continued in Saline County Court Monday, even while the murder suspect himself was again absent.

It included testimony from a forensic pathologist who said she examined Sydney Loofe’s body in early December.  Dr. Michelle Elieff said she received 13 sections of Sydney’s body.

She said based on hemorrhages and other findings during her autopsy, she was able to determine Sydney’s cause of death.

“She died of homicidal means including strangulation, so a part of the component involved strangulation,” Dr. Elieff said. 

When questioned by the defense, she said that doesn’t mean murder.  She said she couldn’t determine if strangulation was intentional.

A forensic anthropologist also testified about how Sydney’s body was dismembered.  He said three different tools were possibly used to do it.

Trail said he killed Sydney by accident while acting out a sexual fantasy.

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