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Woman tells jurors she'd rejected torture suspect

Woman tells jurors she rejected romantic advances of ex-neighbor charged with torturing her By The Associated Press

WEATHERFORD, Texas (AP) ' A Texas woman who authorities say was kidnapped and tortured for nearly two weeks by her ex-neighbor told jurors she rejected his romantic advances several years ago.

The woman testified Wednesday during the trial of Jeffrey Allan Maxwell.

She says Maxwell occasionally chatted with her when he lived half a mile from her rural North Texas house, but that she told him keep away after he asked her to kiss him a couple of times.

In 2005, Maxwell moved about 100 miles away to Corsicana, about 50 miles south of Dallas. Prosecutors say he abducted her last March and drove her to his home, where he tortured her on a deer-skinning device and chained her to a bed.

He faces up to life in prison if convicted of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault.

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