Victim describes abuses in Parker County torture case



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Posted on February 15, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 16 at 8:29 AM

WEATHERFORD - A slight, gray-haired, 63-year-old woman testified in graphic detail Wednesday about 12 days of captivity and torture.

The woman is not being identified, because it is a sexual assault case.

She sat in the witness box in a Weatherford courtroom, surrounded by instruments of torture, brought in for evidence, and facing the man accused of using them.

She said her former Parker County neighbor, Jeffrey Maxwell, came to her remote house in March, where he beat her face with a rolling pin, sprayed her with mace and bound her hand and foot. She said she held up her shackled ankles, hoping motorists would see her, as Maxwell drove her to his house in Corsicana.

When deputies came to question Maxwell about the woman's disappearance, she surprised them by running out of the house.

She told jurors Maxwell strapped her to a metal bar and hoisted her off the garage floor, then beat her with whips and sexually abused her. She said Maxwell kept her chained and gagged, but sometimes put her in a coffin-sized box.

She said he told her he would keep her for two weeks. She said she thought she had that long to live.

The victim grimaced at times as she recalled her days in captivity.

She lived alone, in a house with no running water or television. She said God took away her desire to watch TV. She said she left her home once a week to go to church, which she described as the focus of her life.

She said Jeffrey Maxwell told her, "When I'm done with you, you won't believe in God."

Thursday, jurors could hear statements Maxwell gave investigators after his arrest. He faces a possible life sentence, if convicted on the aggravated kidnapping and sexual assault charges.

Investigators also want to know whether he might be connected to other missing women, including his ex-wife. She vanished 20 years ago. A few years before she disappeared, she was found along a roadway with her throat slit. She said Maxwell did it, but he was never indicted.