Report on cause of death of slain Temple woman not available

Two bodies were found on a property in rural Oklahoma in the search for Jenna Scott her friend Michael Swearingin, who have been missing since Jan. 4. (Family photos/KOTV photo)

TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) A full report on the findings of an autopsy on a Central Texas woman found buried in a clandestine grave in Oklahoma along with the body of a longtime friend is not yet available, according to a summary report released Wednesday that identifies the manner of death as “homicidal violence,” information that was made public a week ago in indictments against two suspects in the murders.

Authorities found the bodies of Jenna Scott, 28, and her friend Michael Swearingin, 32, on Jan. 15 in rural Okfusee County, Okla., 12 days after they disappeared.

Scott’s ex-boyfriend, Cedric Marks, 44, was indicted on April 3 on one count of capital murder in connection with their deaths.

He was arrested on Jan. 8 in Kent County, Mich., on a Temple burglary warrant stemming from a break-in on Aug. 21, 2018 at Scott’s home.

Maya Renee Maxwell, 26, who’s accused of helping abandon Swearingin’s vehicle in an effort to hide it from authorities was also named in a capital murder indictment on April 3.

She was indicted on March 27 for tampering with evidence.

An autopsy report that the Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner released on the same day the indictments were handed up says Swearingin was strangled and likely died of asphyxiation.

The indictments, just as the summary report released Wednesday, say she died of “homicidal violence.”

The summary report refers to unspecified injuries detailed in the full report that has not yet been made public.

Maxwell, who was arrested on Jan. 11 in Muskegon on a Bell County warrant charging tampering with evidence, admitted that “she was involved with leaving Swearingin’s vehicle in Austin in hopes to conceal it from law enforcement, a warrant affidavit says.

She was present on Jan. 3 at a home in Killeen when Swearingin and Scott were killed, according to an affidavit.

"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 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.