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MMA fighter wanted on murder charges captured

Posted: 3:07 PM, Feb 03, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-03 17:55:37-05
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CONROE, Texas — The Latest on the escape in Texas of an MMA fighter who is now wanted for murder (all times local):

4:47 p.m.

After a 9 hour manhunt involving multiple Montgomery County, State, and Federal Law Enforcement agencies - Cedric Joseph Marks has been captured.

2:15 p.m.

Authorities in Texas say two murder warrants have been issued for an MMA fighter who escaped from a private prisoner transport.

Conroe police Lt. Dorcy McGinnis said at a news conference that 44-year-old Cedric Marks escaped from the private prisoner transport van Sunday when it stopped at a McDonald's in Conroe, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) north of Houston. She says Marks is extremely dangerous.

McGinnis says murder warrants were issued for Marks on Sunday in the deaths of an ex-girlfriend, Jenna Scott, and her friend, Michael Swearingin. The two disappeared Jan. 4 and were found buried in a shallow grave in Clearview, Oklahoma, on Jan. 15.

Marks was arrested in Michigan last month on a charge alleging he broke into Scott's home in Temple, Texas, in August. He was being extradited to Bell County to face that charge when he escaped.

Police in Bloomington, Minnesota, say Marks remains a person of interest in the 2009 disappearance of April Pease, with whom he had a child. The Washington state woman had accused him of domestic violence.

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11:15 a.m.

Authorities in Texas say an MMA fighter facing three "pending murder charges" has escaped from a private prisoner transport.

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office tweeted Sunday that Cedric Marks escaped in Conroe, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) north of Houston, and is considered "extremely dangerous."

The sheriff's office didn't immediately reply to a request for clarification about the nature of the pending murder charges, including who the victims were.

TV station KCEN reported that Marks was arrested in Michigan last month on a charge alleging he broke into the Temple, Texas, home of an ex-girlfriend, Jenna Scott, on Aug. 21. Scott and a friend, Michael Swearingin, disappeared Jan. 4 and were found buried in a shallow grave in Clearview, Oklahoma, on Jan. 15. Marks had not been named a suspect in their deaths.

Police in Bloomington, Minnesota, say Marks remains a person of interest in the 2009 disappearance of April Pease, with whom he had a child. The Washington state woman had accused him of domestic violence.

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