A Lincoln woman was the first witness on the stand Wednesday in the Bailey Boswell murder trial in Lexington.
Ashley Hills testified about a relationship she had with Boswell and Aubrey Trail that began in early July 2017, about 3.5 months before Sydney Loofe was killed and dismembered.
Hills says she met Boswell on the dating app Tinder. Boswell was using the name of “Jenna” on the app. Boswell and Trail had conversation of killing someone and doing so under the pretense of “witchcraft.”
In the Wilber apartment shared by Boswell and Trail, Hills said Trail showed her an item he described as Boswell’s “kill bag” that contained a sauna suit box and a hammer. Trail also told her that Boswell was turned-on sexually by the thought of torturing someone.
Hills described Boswell as being “joyful” in her demeanor during those conversations and that her eyes would “light up”.
Defense Attorney Todd Lancaster elicited several statements from Hills in connection with her relationship with Boswell and Trail. Hills said she had a “sugar daddy” relationship with Trail and was sometimes punished for not following rules by being choked, whipped or struck on the head.
Hills says she felt Trail was a, “very sane, fine man,” during the relationship but characterized him as a, “psychopath,” and con-artist after the relationship ended. Hills also said she had not met Sydney Loofe.