Father of woman found dead in Okla., says system failed his daughter

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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) The father of a Temple woman found dead in Oklahoma along with a close longtime friend says the justice system failed his daughter.

Cedric Marks taught women self-defense classes for several years at Title Boxing Club in Killeen. (Staff photo/file)

The Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office Thursday confirmed that two bodies recovered Tuesday in rural Okfusee County, Okla., were those of Jenna Scott, 28, and her friend Michael Swearingin, 32.

Scott and Swearingin, were last heard from at 3 a.m. on Jan. 4.

Scott’s ex-boyfriend, Cedric Marks, remains jailed in Michigan on a Temple burglary warrant stemming from a break-in at Scott’s home.

He hasn’t been identified as a suspect in the disappearance of the two friends, but Scott filed for and was granted a temporary protective order against him in July 2018.

The order barred Marks from communicating or having any contact with Scott and also barred him from possessing a firearm.

But on Sept. 17, 2018, after a hearing on Aug. 15, 2018, Bell Country State District Judge Paul LePak issued a ruling denying Scott’s motion to make the temporary order permanent.

"We understand that the protective order may not have prevented this from happening but it would at least send a message to Cedric," Scott said Friday.

Marks taught women self-defense classes for several years at Title Boxing Club in Killeen.

"I cannot comment on the details of his past employment, I can say those connected to Title Boxing are shocked at the allegations concerning Mr. Marks,” the club’s attorney, Robert "Alex" Bass said in an email,.

“The team at Title Boxing has the families of Jenna Scott and Michael Swearingin in their thoughts and prayers. Like the rest of this community, we hope for justice for Jenna Scott and Michael Swearingin."

Scott, meanwhile, is hoping his daughter will get the justice in death he says she was denied in life.

"Of course this was done by a horrible, horrible person, an evil person or people. We really don't know any of the details yet but we are hoping and praying that justice is served," Scott said.

Scott and Swearingin, were last heard from at 3 a.m. on Jan. 4.

The remains were recovered from a clandestine grave after Oklahoma investigators went to the property at the request of Temple police, who are investigating the disappearance of the two Temple residents.

Scott's body is being returned to Temple from Oklahoma.

"We hope to be able to see her sometime early next week just to get closure. Yeah it's a really tough time," Scott said.

Services have been scheduled for the two friends.

A celebration of life service will be held for Jenna Scott at 2 p.m. on Jan. 25 at Vista Community Church at 7051 Stonehollow in Temple.

A funeral service will be held for Michael Swearingin at 2 p.m. on Saturday Jan. 26 at the First Baptist Church in Little River-Academy.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Jan 25 at Hewett-Arney Funeral Home at 14 West Barton Ave. in Temple.