Man Sexually Assaulted And Tortured Woman, 65, With Deer Skinning Rack After Burning Down Her House



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(Daily Mail) – A Texas woman who prosecutors say was tortured for 12 days seemed to be in shock as she spoke to authorities following her rescue, initially defending the man accused of hanging her from a deer-skinning device and chaining her to a bed, according to a recording of the interview played at his trial on Tuesday.

Jeffrey Maxwell, 59, faces charges of kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault

The woman is heard telling an investigator that Jeffrey Allan Maxwell, her former neighbour, told her he’d been hired to kill her.

During the rambling interview after she was found last March, she also said some of her relatives wanted to harm her over a property dispute and urged the investigator to arrest them.

She said she didn’t want to get Maxwell in trouble because ‘he’s been good to me,’ but later said he was ‘mean.’

Maxwell, 59, is accused of abducting the woman from her rural home, driving her some 100 miles away to his house in Corsicana, about 50 miles south of Dallas, and holding her captive for nearly two weeks. Maxwell is charged with aggravated kidnapping and two counts of aggravated sexual assault. If convicted, he would face up to life in prison.

Testimony is expected to resume on Wednesday.

In the audio recording, an investigator repeatedly yet gently questions the 62-year-old woman before she said Maxwell hit her with a rolling pin and tied her up March 1 inside her Parker County home. She said she briefly escaped and ran down the road before he caught her, pulled out his gun and forced her into the back seat of his vehicle.

She said Maxwell was mad when they arrived at his home, and he hit her with a whip and put her wrists in some type of device that hoisted her off the ground. Authorities have said it was Maxwell’s homemade device for skinning deer, and photographs shown to the jury depict a long, thin wooden board with hooks attached. A cable was attached to the garage ceiling.

‘I don’t know what it is but he pulled me up in the air,’ the woman is heard saying on the audiotape. ‘It scared me to death.’

She also said Maxwell told her his fingerprints were all over her house so he would have to torch it — which authorities say he did two days later.

Sgt Ricky Montgomery, a Parker County sheriff’s investigator, told jurors that authorities conducted a massive ground search after fire officials didn’t find the woman’s body in the rubble of her burned home near Weatherford, which is about 60 miles west of Dallas.

He said authorities had few leads until a neighbour reported seeing an unfamiliar blue car drive by twice on the day of the fire, and bank records showed no activity on the woman’s account — except for a $500 check recently cashed by Maxwell. Investigators later found out that Maxwell had a blue car and once lived in that area.

When authorities went to Corsicana on March 12, Maxwell answered the door and said he was alone — but then the woman ran out and said, ‘I’m here! I’m here!’ Montgomery testified. She had a broken arm, head injury and multiple bruises, an emergency room doctor testified.

Earlier Tuesday during opening statements, prosecutor Kathleen Catania said the woman had been friendly with Maxwell several years ago but told him to stay off her property when he said he wanted to be romantically involved with her.

Defence attorneys declined to make an opening statement on Tuesday, though they questioned Montgomery about whether authorities took photographs and collected evidence at Maxwell’s house before proper search warrants were obtained.

Authorities had a search warrant only for Maxwell’s blue car when they first arrived at his house, but Montgomery said law enforcement officers went inside after the woman ran out to make sure nobody else was being harmed or was a threat. Evidence was seized after another search warrant was obtained for the house the next day, Montgomery testified.

Maxwell will not use an insanity defence and is competent to stand trial, his defense attorneys said at a court hearing last month.

State District Judge Trey Loftin also previously denied a defence motion to suppress Maxwell’s statements to law enforcement authorities.

Defense attorneys have said Maxwell had asked for a lawyer while being questioned shortly after his arrest. But Loftin said Maxwell gave his statements voluntarily and requested an attorney only when authorities asked if anyone else had helped him.

According to documents, Maxwell told an investigator that after he took the woman back to his house, he ‘strung her up’ in his garage on a homemade rack used for skinning deer.

Maxwell has also been investigated on suspicion of involvement in the disappearance of his ex-wife Martha Martinez Maxwell.

She has been missing since 1992. Maxwell divorced her in 1995, citing her disappearance.

Martha Martinez Maxwell first went missing in 1987 before being found beaten with her throat cut near Ardmore, Oklahoma. She survived those injuries.

Maxwell was charged with aggravated kidnapping in that case in 1987, but court records show a Tarrant County grand jury declined to indict him, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.


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