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MMA Veteran Accused of Murders Escapes Prison Van – Hides in Trashcan


MMA Veteran Accused of Murders Escapes Prison Van – Hides in Trashcan

MMA fighter Cedric Marks had a pro career that spans two decades. However his life had taken a turn when he allegedly got involved in a burglary and several homicides. Earlier he tried to escape police custody.

According to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department (via the Temple Daily Telegraph), Marks is also facing “three pending murder charges.”

Details of Marks escape from custody come via The Washington Post.

The mixed martial arts fighter sprang from the van in Conroe, Tex., authorities said, triggering a multiple-agency manhunt to find a man suspected of two murders.

About nine hours later, police discovered that Marks did not get very far.

Law enforcement obtained surveillance video of Marks, 44, wandering a nearby residential street soon after he escaped, and officers canvassed the area.

A K-9 alerted to suspicious activity, and Marks emerged from a 55-gallon trash can at the back of a home with his arms held high in surrender, according to Conroe Police Chief Jeff Christy.

“He was pretty tired” from squatting inside, Christy said in a news conference Sunday evening after the capture. The home was about a quarter-mile from the McDonald’s.

While Marks was on the lam, police in Temple, TX issued warrants for his arrest in connection to the deaths of Jenna Scott, 28, and Michael Swearingin 32 (per ABC News). Scott and Swearingin were reported missing on January 9th. Their bodies were discovered in shallow graves in Clearview, OK on January 15th.

In addition to being suspected of murdering Scott and Swearingin, Marks is also a ‘person of interest’ in the disappearance of April Pease (according to police in Bloomington, MN). Pease is mother to another of Marks’ children. They waged a contentious custody battle over that child in 2008, which resulted in Pease gaining full custody.

Peace went missing in 2009. Marks then received custody of their child. According to the Temple Daily Telegram, the child was then placed in protective custody.

A former mixed martial arts fighter, Marks was a known fitness expert in the area, and has been employed at both Title Boxing in Killeen and Tiger Lim’s Martial Arts in Copperas Cove, as well as EJK Boxing & Fitness Club.

He fought as recently as September, according to Tapology, a website for MMA and combat sports- he has a record of 31-27

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