Woman Tells Jurors She Prayed Amid Torture Ordeal

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A Texas woman allegedly tortured by a former neighbor says she never stopped praying during the 12 days she was held captive.

The woman testified Wednesday during the trial of Jeffrey Allan Maxwell. He faces up to life in prison if convicted of aggravated kidnapping and two counts of aggravated sexual assault.

Defense attorneys were expected to cross-examine the woman today.

Prosecutors say Maxwell abducted her last March and drove her 100 miles away to his home in Corsicana. That's where he is accused of torturing her on a deer-skinning device and chaining her to a bed.

She finally escaped by running outside when Parker County authorities went there to question Maxwell about the woman's disappearance.

The woman told jurors she thought she was going to die during the ordeal.

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