Corsicana Man Charged in Torture Case to Stand Trial

Judge denies motion to suppress defendant's statements

By Ray Villeda
|  Thursday, Jan 19, 2012  |  Updated 6:02 PM CDT
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Jeffrey Maxwell, accused of kidnapping and torturing a former neighbor, faced a pretrial hearing for competency and suppression of disputed testimony on Thursday.

Ray Villeda, NBC 5 News

Jeffrey Maxwell, accused of kidnapping and torturing a former neighbor, faced a pretrial hearing for competency and suppression of disputed testimony on Thursday.

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Statements that a Corsicana man who is accused of torturing his former neighbor on a deer-skinning device for nearly two weeks made to investigators will not be suppressed at his trial.

In a pretrial hearing Thursday, a judge denied a request by Jeffrey Allan Maxwell's attorney to strike certain parts of statements his client made to Texas Rangers after his arrest because Maxwell asked for a lawyer.

Judge Trey Loftin denied the motion because Maxwell talked intelligently and cooperated.

Jurors will hear some form of the edited interviews. Both sides agreed to strike out any reference to any other crimes he may be accused of, such as the disappearance of his former wife.

Maxwell's attorney also said at the hearing that his client is competent to stand trial and would not use an insanity defense.

Authorities say Maxwell abducted a Parker County woman at gunpoint from her home near Weatherford in March. He was arrested 12 days later at his home about 100 miles away, where the woman was rescued.

According to documents, Maxwell told an investigator that he "strung her up" in his garage on a homemade rack used for skinning deer.

Maxwell goes on trial on aggravated sexual assault and aggravated kidnapping charges next month. Jury selection is scheduled to start on Feb. 13, with opening arguments slated for Valentine's Day.

He faces up to life in prison if convicted.

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