Former MMA fighter denies murder accusation

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A former fugitive and MMA fighter charged with two counts of capital murder says he isn’t responsible for the deaths of Michael Swearingen and Jenna Scott.

Cedric Marks, 44, was the subject of an intense manhunt after he escaped from a private prisoner transport van in Conroe, Texas last weekend. He was caught shortly after escaping and taken to Bell County, where he remains behind bars.

Speaking from jail, Marks wouldn’t comment on how he escaped, but as he started to talk about the charges against him, he claimed he’s innocent.

“I can only imagine what’s going on with their family, and I am so sorry for their losses, but I did not and had nothing to do with this,” Marks said.

Marks’ current girlfriend, Maya Maxwell, told authorities she was present when Marks allegedly killed both Jenna Scott and Swearingen at a home in Killeen.

An affidavit from Bell County states Maxwell gave information to police on where to find the bodies in Oklahoma. She’s also currently in jail and is charged with tampering with evidence.

“I believe they coerced her and scared her and forced her to say something. Like, none of it has involved me,” Marks said.

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