WEATHERFORD (AP) - A Texas man accused of torturing his former neighbor on a deer-skinning device will not use an insanity defense at his trial next month, his attorney told a judge Thursday.
Jeffrey Allan Maxwell also is competent to stand trial, defense attorney Richard Alley said at a pretrial hearing.
Maxwell, 59, is charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault and one count of aggravated kidnapping. Maxwell, who faces up to life in prison if convicted, remains jailed in Parker County in lieu of $500,000 bail.
Authorities say Maxwell abducted his ex-neighbor at gunpoint in March from her home near Weatherford. He was arrested 12 days later at his Corsicana home about 100 miles away, where the woman was rescued. Parker County authorities say they had gone to question him about the missing woman who had spurned his advances when he lived in that county several years ago.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that state District Judge Trey Loftin on Thursday also denied a defense motion to suppress Maxwell's statements to law enforcement authorities.
Defense attorneys said Maxwell had asked for a lawyer while being questioned shortly after his March 12 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.