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Graphic, Emotional Testimony in Day 2 of Torture Trial

Maxwell accused of torturing, sexually assaulting woman for nearly two weeks



    A Parker County jury heard some of the most graphic and emotional testimony in the trial of Jeffrey Maxwell, the man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting his former neighbor for nearly two weeks.

    During the second day of the trial on Wednesday, jurors heard the most graphic and most emotional testimony.

    The 62-year-old victim took the stand and described how she was handcuffed and her legs bound as she was driven from her home in remote Parker County to Corsicana.

    "I was in a state of shock, hurting all over," the victim said.

    Trial of Jeffrey Maxwell Gets Under Way

    [DFW] Trial of Jeffrey Maxwell Gets Under Way
    Prosecutors began laying out the gruesome details in their case against Jeffrey Maxwell, he's accused of kidnapping a woman from Parker County and torturing her for two weeks in his Corsicana home.
    (Published Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012)

    As she began her testimony, the judge scolded Maxwell. The judge said he was mouthing the words "That’s not true."

    "If you do anything to intimidate a witness, albeit just by making faces, that means you will choose to voluntarily leave your own trial at least for purpose of that witness, you understand?"Judge Trey Loftin asked Maxwell.

    She said once she and Maxwell arrived at his lakeside home, he tied her up to a device and began to whip her all over her body.

    Prosecutors said Maxwell tied her up and tortured her for 12 days.

    Prosecutors submitted evidence including whips, handcuffs and a coffin-like wooden box. The victim told the jury she was put in that box every time Maxwell left the house for hours at a time.

    "I was afraid he’d kill me, I just didn’t want to die," she said.

    The victim did not make much eye contact as she described the torture and the sexual assault. Her voice cracked and you could hear a lot of emotion in her words.

    The prosecution listed nine witnesses, including the victim,  they plan to call to testify.

    The trial continues Thursday.

    NBC 5's Frank Heinz and Scott Gordon contributed to this report.