North Texas Man Accused Of Torturing Woman Indicted

WEATHERFORD (AP) – A North Texas man accused of torturing a woman for nearly two weeks on a stand used for skinning deer was indicted Thursday on kidnapping and sexual assault charges.

The Parker County grand jury indicted Jeffrey Allan Maxwell, 58, on one count of aggravated kidnapping and two counts of aggravated sexual assault. All are first-degree felonies punishable by up to 99 years or life in prison.

Maxwell also has been accused of setting fire to the woman’s home in Parker County, west of Fort Worth, to destroy evidence, though that case hasn’t been presented yet, prosecutor Jeff Swain said.

Maxwell could go on trial for the kidnapping and sex assault charges as soon as August, Swain said.

The indictment alleges Maxwell abducted his former neighbor from her home on March 1, then driving her about 100 miles to his home in Corsicana. Maxwell was arrested March 12 at his house, where the woman was rescued.

Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler has said investigators identified Maxwell after determining that his car matched the description of one seen by witnesses at the woman’s home on the day of the fire. Fowler said neighbors reported that the woman had complained previously that Maxwell had harassed her.

A judge had denied Maxwell’s request for a court-appointed attorney, noting that Maxwell has a net worth of about $200,000. Maxwell remains in the Parker County Jail in Weatherford with bond set at $500,000, and no attorney is listed on his jail record.

Fowler has said Maxwell also is under investigation in three cold cases of women missing in different Texas cities, including his then-wife’s disappearance in 1993.

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    • 2sister

      That’s a good question. I wish they had arrested him. The only thing they knew for sure is that he assaulted her in the past. He cut her throat in the assault. She apparently refused to cooperated, and went back to him. Then, she disappear and he claimed that she ran off. There was no body, and maybe no evidence of a second assault. They might have suspected he did something, but didn’t feel like they had enough evidence to convicted. Even if they had arrested there is no guarantee that the grand jury would have indicted him. If he had gone to trial, a jury may or may not have even convicted him, because there was no body. He probably wasn’t even a suspect in the other women”s disappearance until the latest assault happened.

      • 2sister

        Sorry, I for got to put ed on “disappear, and I accidentally put ed on convict.

  • yar

    so now we are going to house him, feed him, provide free medical services for a long time. I say we tourtore him the same way he did to the woman.

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