Local man indicted for burglary of home of woman he’s accused of killing

Cedric Marks. (Jail photo)
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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) Cedrick Marks, 44, who’s charged with capital murder in connection with the deaths of his ex-girlfriend Jenna Scott, 28, and her friend Michael Swearingin, 32, both of Temple, was indicted for burglary Wednesday in connection with a break-in at Scott’s home months before Scott and Swearingin were killed in January.

Marks was arrested on Jan. 8 in Kent County, Mich., on a Temple warrant in connection with the burglary, which occurred on Aug. 21, 2018, six days after an Aug. 15 hearing on Scott’s request for a permanent protective order against him.

Scott told officers she found Marks in her house after an alarm sounded.

She said she had her phone in her hand, but said Marks took it and “threw it out of reach,” according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Scott “yelled for her daughter to call 911,” the affidavit says, and the girl did place the call.

“Officers collected information from 911 dispatch, and it confirmed that (the girl’s) phone made a 911 call on August 21 2018 that was dropped,” the affidavit says.

Scott and Swearingin disappeared in early January.

Their bodies were found in a clandestine grave on Jan. 15 in rural Okfusee County, Okla.

According an arrest warrant affidavit, Maya Renee Maxwell, 26, who was arrested on Jan. 11 in Muskegon on a Bell County warrant charging tampering with evidence in the case, was present on Jan. 3 at a home in Killeen when Swearingin and Scott were killed.

“Maxwell said that both Jenna Scott and Michael Swearingin were alive at the time they were brought to the Killeen residence,” the affidavit says.

“Marks then entered the room where Michael Swearingin was located and when Marks left the room, Michael Swearingin was deceased,” the affidavit says.

“Marks then entered the room where Jenna Scott was located, and when he left that room, Maxwell reported that Jenna Scott was deceased,” the affidavit said.

“Maxwell reported that she heard a struggle when Marks entered the rooms with both individuals,” the affidavit said.

She also provided information about where the bodies of the two friends were buried, the affidavit says.

Marks was named in a capital murder warrant in connection with the killings on Feb. 3, the same day he escaped from a prisoner transport van in Conroe.

He was on the run for about nine hours before he was recaptured.

He remains in the Bell County Jail in lieu of bonds totaling more than $1.75 million.

He’s also charged with interference with an emergency call, false report, and violation of a protective order, according to online records.

Maxwell is held in lieu of $500,000 bond.