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February 14, 2012

Testimony begins in Maxwell trial; victim thought brothers involved initially

WEATHERFORD — The beginning hours of testimony Tuesday morning in the aggravated kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault trial of Jeffrey Allen Maxwell, accused of abducting and torturing a Whitt woman for 12 days at his Corsicana home, detailed the investigation leading to up the discovery of the woman.

 Maxwell, who has been in the Parker County Jail since his arrest March 12, pleaded not guilty to all three charges.

 Investigators testified that more than a week’s long investigation led them to Maxwell’s home in Corsicana, where they arrived with a warrant to search his vehicle. While speaking with Maxwell, who denied he’d seen his former neighbor in years, the woman opened the door and came out saying she was there.  

 The woman initially said family members were trying to kill her but, after further questioning, told investigators Maxwell hit her with a rolling pin and pulled a gun on her while taking her from her house.

 “It’s not him. It’s my two half-brothers,” the woman said in a voice recording made immediately after she came out of the house and played for jurors. “They want me dead.”

 “He forced me in the house so he could tie me up and put me in his vehicle,” the woman said after Sgt. Ricky Montgomery of the Parker County Sheriff’s Office pressed her about what happened. “I managed to get loose.”

 After Maxwell went to his vehicle, the woman said she escaped out another door.

 “I ran down the road and he saw me,” the woman said. “He did take out his gun.”

 When asked if she knew her house had burned down, the woman said she found out on the news, though Maxwell had told her it needed to be burned because of his fingerprints.

 Testimony was expected to continue Tuesday afternoon.

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