Former mixed martial arts fighter Cedric Joseph Marks - named by authorities as a possible suspect in three homicides - escaped at a fast-food restaurant in Conroe Sunday morning during his transport from a MI jail to Bell County. Their bodies were found 12 days later in rural Oklahoma. The alleged burglary followed his arrest for violation of a protective order.
Marks, 44, has three pending murder charges against him and is "considered extremely unsafe", the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office wrote on Twitter. He managed to shed his orange jail shirt after he got away, but was reportedly still in shackles when he was last seen.
Marks was being transported from Grand Rapids, Michigan and the transport made a stop in Louisiana.
TV station KCEN reported that Marks was arrested in MI last month on a charge alleging he broke into the Temple, Texas, home of an ex-girlfriend, Jenna Scott, on August 21. T.J. Cruz of the Bell County Sheriff's Department told the Telegram.
The woman who voluntarily admitted she drove a Swearingin's auto to Austin with the hope of concealing it from law enforcement agencies was extradited to Bell County.
Recently, Maya Maxwell was also extradited back to Texas from MI on a charge related to their disappearance.
"We are in contact with law enforcement and are aware there are developments in another case in Texas", Hartley said.
Texas Prisoner Transport Services has contracts with several Central Texas departments, including Bell County, McLennan County and Hill County. KCEN-TV said Maxwell is accused of taking Swearingin's vehicle to Austin in an attempt to hide it.
Marks is also a person of interest in the 2009 disappearance of April Pease, a Washington state woman who had a child with Marks.
She is accused of allowing Marks and Maxwell to stay in her home between January 5 and January 9.
Scott requested a protective order against Marks last July accusing him of choking her unconscious twice, Temple television station KCEN reported. She yelled for her daughter to call 911, and he told her to make her daughter hang up the phone.
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