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Kidnapping/Rape Trial

Posted on 13th March 2014 at 16:16

The kidnapping and rape trial of Donald Howard McElfish, 63, is now under way in Cowlitz County Superior Court, with the victim in the alleged crime taking the witness stand in early testimony. Today’s Daily News reports on the 43 year-old woman, who claims that Brandt Jensen had threatened to kill her, and then told her that she was going to have sex with three men to help pay off a debt. The woman had been stripped naked and was taped to a chair, but she was able to break away and escape. Jensen has already taken a plea agreement in the case, pleading guilty to charges of second-degree assault and second-degree kidnapping, in return for an agreement to testify against McElfish. He’s charged with first-degree kidnapping, indecent liberties with forcible compulsion, first-degree attempted rape and second-degree assault with sexual motivation. Testimony continues today.