PORT ORANGE, Fla. - Port Orange police identified the human remains that were found in the backyard of the home of a child rape suspect back in June--and also found him guilty of strangling another woman.
According to police, the body found in the backyard of 44-year-old James Maxwell's home on Brandy Hills Drive is identified as Chasity Starr, 29. Maxwell killed Starr in January 2011 at his home and then buried her body in his backyard, police said.
The investigation also found that Maxwell killed Pamela Sue Will, 50, at his home in September 2010, police said. Maxwell then dumped Will's body in a ditch behind the International Trade Associates business in Ormond Beach, where Maxwell was employed at that time.
Maxwell has been indicted during grand jury proceedings on Thursday for two counts of first-degree murder. He is currently jailed in Volusia County on charges stemming from an abduction of a child in Port Orange.
Police said two tipsters triggered the investigation after Maxwell refused to allow construction crews to dig in the backyard to fix a plumbing problem. Police said in June the body found buried in the backyard is that of an adult, but didn't release the identification.
Maxwell has been jailed on no bond after he was accused of abducting a 9-year-old Port Orange girl, raping her in the woods, and dropping her off at the Port Orange Police Department in December 2011.
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