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Prosecutors to seek death penalty against MMA fighter accused of killing two people and burying them in shallow grave

2019-08-13

MMA fighter Cedric Marks is accused of killing two people in Texas. (AP)

Prosecutors in Texas will seek the death penalty against a MMA fighter accused of killing two people whose bodies were found in a shallow grave in Oklahoma.

Bell County District Attorney Henry Garza said Monday that his office has filed formal notice against Cedric Marks, who cops say murdered pals Jenna Scott and Michael Swearingin in January.

Cedric Marks is captured after a nine-hour manhunt earlier this year.
Cedric Marks is captured after a nine-hour manhunt earlier this year. (AP)

Defense lawyer Michael White told the Killeen Daily Herald that Marks “was not surprised” at the development and “is anticipating his day in court when his story is told.”

Prosecutors allege Marks killed the 28-year-old Scott and 32-year-old Swearingin in the Texas city of Killeen. Their bodies were found buried a week later in Clearview, Oklahoma.

Also known as “Spider-Man” during his professional fighting career, Marks escaped from a private prisoner transportation van following his arrest in Michigan in February. He was recaptured nine hours later.

Maya Maxwell, Marks’ girlfriend, also faces charges in connection with the double murder.

Marks, 45, has a record of 30-27 during his Mixed Martial Arts career, according to the “Sherdog” website. His last fight was in March of 2018.

With News Wire Services