Man accused of killing longtime Temple friends says he’s innocent

BELTON, Texas (KWTX) From his cell in the Bell County Jail, Cedric Marks seems to be already building his defense against the capital murder charges he is facing in the deaths of Michael Swearingin and Jenna Scott.

Houston's KPRC-TV interviewed Marks via the Bell County Jail's video visitation system. (KPRC)

Marks, 44, is accused of killing Scott, 28 and Swearingin, 32, on Jan. 3 at a residence in Killeen.

The bodies of the two victims were found in a clandestine grave on Jan. 15 in rural Okfusee County, Okla.

In an interview with Houston's KPRC-TV conducted via the jail’s video visitation system, he addresses both the accusations and his escape from custody while denying doing anything wrong.

“The media has put out a witch hunt for me, and I am not guilty,” he told the TV station.

"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 is held in lieu of $1.7 million bond.

Sunday, the former mixed martial arts fighter broke free from a private prisoner transportation company when the van stopped at a McDonald’s in Conroe.

After a nine-hour manhunt, he was found hiding in a nearby trash can.

"Despite what the media put out, I was not trying to escape,” he says in the interview.

“I was actually in fear, and I was not going anywhere, at all."

According to the affidavit released Tuesday, Maya Renee Maxwell, 26, who was arrested on Jan. 11 in Muskegon, Mich., 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.
She also provided information about where the bodies of the two friends were buried, the affidavit says.

"I believe they coerced her and scared her and forced her to say something- like none of it has involved me," Marks said.