Texas Man Charged In Torture Case Going On Trial



Salon Staff
February 14, 2012 1:09PM (UTC)

WEATHERFORD, Texas (AP) — Opening statements are set in the trial of a North Texas man accused of torturing his former neighbor on a deer-skinning device.

Jurors will begin hearing evidence Tuesday at 59-year-old Jeffrey Allan Maxwell's trial. He faces up to life in prison if convicted of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault.

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He is accused of abducting the woman from her rural Parker County home nearly a year ago. Authorities say he took the woman to his home 100 miles away in Corsicana, where he was a arrested and Maxwell was arrested nearly two weeks later.

A sheriff called it a "house of horrors" because of the alleged torture devices.

Authorities say the woman had rejected his romantic advances years earlier.

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His defense attorney has said Maxwell won't use an insanity defense.


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