MMA fighter Cedric Marks facing death penalty over two murders after bodies found in shallow grave

MMA fighter Cedric Marks facing death penalty over two murders after bodies found in shallow grave

TEXAS PROSECUTORS want the death penalty for MMA fighter Cedric “Spider Man” Marks after he allegedly killed and buried two people in shallow graves.

The Bell County District Attorney’s Office filed a formal notice to seek the death penalty against the 45-year-old on Monday.

Pro MMA fighter Cedric Marks is facing the death penalty
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The 45-year-old is accused of double murder and burying the bodies in a shallow grave
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Marks was caught after a nine-hour manhunt in February after he escaped from a prison van at a McDonald’s
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Pro fighter Marks is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend Jenna Scott, 28, and her friend Michael Swearingin, 32, on January 3 at a residence in Killeen, Texas.

The bodies were discovered over 350 miles away in shallow graves in rural Clearview, Oklahoma eleven days later.

Marks remains in custody with a £1.41million bond after pleading “absolutely not guilty” to the capital murder.

His current partner Maya Maxwell, 26, is also facing charges.

According to affidavit, she admitted being present when the victims were both killed and buried.

The Temple Daily Telegram claims Marks’ attorney, Michael Whites, said he “was not surprised” prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

He also added that his client “is anticipating his day in court when his story is told” – but that could take up to two years.

Middleweight Marks, who has a professional MMA record of 31 wins including 13 knock-outs, was originally arrested in Michigan.

He was banged up for an outstanding warrant for allegedly breaking in to Scott’s home in August.

She claimed the grappler had choked her until she lost consciousness twice and filed for a temporary order of prosecution.

In a court statement she wrote: “Each time he allowed me to regain consciousness and then he choked me out again.”

Marks then sparked a nine hour manhunt in Conroe, Texas as he escaped from a prison van while after it had stopped at McDonald’s.

He was taken back into custody as cops described him as “extremely dangerous.”

Police in Minnesota say Marks is also a “person of interest” in the disappearance of April Pease, the mother of one of his children, who went missing in 2009.

August 29 has been set for Marks’ pre-trial hearing with Maxwell’s coming 24 hours later.

She is looking at charges in connection with the double murder and tampering with evidence.

Maxwell recently gave birth to a baby boy while behind bars, with the child now being looked after by social services.

Marks began his MMA career in 1999 and last fought in September, defeating Mike Seal via unanimous decision at the Moore EFC 1.

He has since been working as a teacher in Killeen.

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