Woman linked to man charged in deadly disappearance case indicted

Maya Maxwell. (Jail photo)
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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) Maya Renee Maxwell, 26, who’s accused of helping abandon a vehicle belonging to a Temple man who was slain along with a longtime friend was indicted Wednesday for tampering with evidence.

Authorities found the bodies of Jenna Scott, 28, and her friend Michael Swearingin, 32, on Jan. 15 in a clandestine grave in rural Okfusee County, Okla.,

Scott’s ex-boyfriend, Cedric Marks, 44, is charged with capital murder in connection with the 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.

Scott and Swearingin disappeared on Jan. 3.

Swearingin’s 2016 Hyundai Genesis was missing, but was found on Jan. 5 in Austin.

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.

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

Maxwell remains in the Bell County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bond.

Marks is jailed in lieu of bonds totaling more than $1.75 million.