KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) Days after Cedric Marks was charged with the murders of Jenna Scott and Michael Swearingin, more is being revealed about the fear Jenna’s family says she lived.
Marks, 44, Scott’s ex-boyfriend, is charged with capital murder in connection with the Jan. 3 deaths of Scott, 28, and her friend Michael Swearingin, 32.
Marks was arrested on Jan. 8 in Kent County, Mich., on a Temple burglary warrant. The capital murder warrant was issued on Sunday, the same day that Marks escaped from a private prisoner transportation company van in Conroe.
He was recaptured about nine hours later.
The bodies of the two victims were found in a clandestine grave on Jan. 15 in rural Okfusee County, Okla.
Jonathan Scott says his daughter, Jenna, was living a nightmare because of Marks.
“She was fearful for her life. He made it perfectly clear to hear that he had the capability to kill her and that he would,” he said.
Jenna Scott was also scared to be alone, her father said.
This fear affected the entire family including Jenna’s daughter.
“She had nightmares, she’s still in counseling. She will likely be in counseling, I don’t know…years,” Jonathan Scott said.
The family tried to get help.
Jenna Scott filed for a protective order against Marks but that was tossed late last year by Bell County State District Judge Paul LePak.
“After he made his decision, she basically screamed ‘he’s going to kill me,’” Jonathan Scott said.
Lolita Gilmore is a local advocate for domestic and family violence.
She is also the founder of Teachthemtolove Community Outreach in Killeen.
Gilmore says Jenna Scott did everything legally possible.
“She did everything that we say from a subject matters expert option that she was supposed to do,” she said.
There is something else victims can do with the help of shelters even when legal options are run out.
“The lethality associated with this case, it would have been my advice to relocate. And go into an area that he is not familiar with. I wouldn’t say go with family or friends,” Gilmore said.
Which, Jenna Scott and her family did.
“At least on two occasions, we sent her away for extended periods of time. She also traveled with me every day to work or she would go to someone’s house, stay with somebody like Michael. She never wanted to be alone,” Jonathan Scott said.
Gilmore also added that shelters provide many services including housing – both short term and long term help – and help sustaining life after a domestic violence situation.
If you or someone you know needs support, the National Domestic Violence hotline is available at 1-800-799-7233 or contact a local shelter.
Teachthemtolove Community Outreach offers a variety of services for victims of domestic or family violence.
The center is planning a charity ball on March 16.