The Latest: MMA fighter, girlfriend indicted for murder

BELTON, Texas (AP) — The Latest on an MMA fighter accused of killing two people and later escaping from a prison van (all times local):

7:30 p.m.

A 44-year-old MMA fighter and his girlfriend have been indicted in Texas on capital murder charges in the killings of two people whose bodies were found in a shallow grave in Oklahoma.

Bell County District Attorney Henry Garza says the indictments of Cedric Marks and 26-year-old Maya Maxwell were handed down Wednesday for the deaths Jenna Scott and Michael Swearingin. The couple was also charged with tampering with evidence.

Marks has previously denied killing the 28-year-old Scott and 32-year-old Swearingin.


2:40 p.m.

Investigators say a Texas man was strangled before he was buried in Oklahoma alongside the body of a woman whose MMA fighter ex-boyfriend is suspected in the deaths.

Oklahoma’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner released an autopsy report Wednesday saying 32-year-old Michael Swearingin’s death was a homicide.

Swearingin was found dead Jan. 15 in a shallow grave beside the body of 28-year-old Jenna Scott in Clearview, about 80 miles (129 kilometers) east of Oklahoma City. The Temple, Texas residents were reported missing Jan. 4.

The report says Swearingin likely died from asphyxiation due to strangulation. Scott’s autopsy hasn’t been made public.

Court records show Scott’s ex-boyfriend, 44-year-old Cedric Marks, is being held on murder charges. Marks prompted a manhunt Feb. 3 when he escaped from a private prison van. He was recaptured nine hours later.

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