A pre-trial hearing has been scheduled for Jan. 19 in the case of Jeffery Allan Maxwell, accused of aggravated sexual assault and aggravated kidnapping of a former Parker County neighbor. Authorities say Maxwell kidnapped the woman, burned down her house, then held her captive for 13 days. In what Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler described as a "house of horrors" in Corsicana, Maxwell tortured the woman, until sheriff's investigators and Texas Rangers rescued her, authorities say. The pre-trial hearing is in the 43rd Judicial District Court of Judge Trey Loftin. Trial is set for February. According to Parker County Assistant District Attorney Jeff Swain, if convicted Maxwell faces five to 99 years in prison or life and up to a $10,000 fine for aggravated kidnapping. - Lance Winter
Houston serial killer Dean Corll kidnapped and tortured more than two dozen teen-age boys before he was murdered by accomplices in 1973, the Houston Chronicle reports. Remains of two victims had gone decades without being identified. But forensic scientists recently identified one of the victims as a Houston teen who disappeared after he left for work at a store. Corll, also known as Candy Man, murdered at least 28 boys. Radford University complied an interesting timeline of the mass murderer's life. Earlier this year, Texas Monthly published a detailed look at another of the "lost boys" victims of the Houston man. -- Lois Norder
A former beauty queen who grew up in the Metroplex city of Carrollton was sentenced Thursday in Arizona to two years in prison and six years' probation for kidnapping and torturing her ex-boyfriend, the Associated Press reported.
Kumari Fulbright, 28, was sentenced in Pima County after pleading guilty last year to conspiracy to commit kidnapping and aggravated assault as part of plea agreement. She was arrested in 2007 after her ex-beau told police he was tied up and held captive for up to 10 hours, tortured and robbed, the Associated Press reported.
She was was named Miss Pima County in 2005 and Miss Desert Sun in 2006 and was a contestant in the Miss Arizona pageant, the AP reported.
Won't you be my friend? Apparently not in this case.
Police in Hanford, Calif., said that a man who was jealous because of a message on his girlfriend's Facebook page tortured and imprisoned her for four days, the Associated Press reported.
The whole time, their children were in the house, the AP reported.
Anthony Lozano, 36, is accused of suspicion of false imprisonment, kidnapping, torture and other charges after he reportedly saw something on the woman's Facebook page that led him to believe she was having an affair, the AP reported. -- Lance Murray
The three wives and 19 children of Mansa Musa Muhummed (right) kept to themselves for years, but no more.
They are the key witnesses in the Muhummed's trial on charges that he beat them, tortured them and deprived them of food.
According to The Associated Press, Muhummed sat in the Hemet, Calif. courthouse with a hand over his face, shaking his head in denial as family members described being beaten, strung up by their feet and forced to eat vomit and feces.
"It is the worst case we've ever heard of," prosecutor Julie Baldwin said last week.