Just a couple weeks after a Belton, Texas jury was asked by Cedric Marks of Temple to set him free in the capital murder trial of Jenna Scott and Michael Swearingin, the jurors granted Marks his second request to be put to death.

What led police to believe Cedric Marks was responsible for the deaths?

Scott and Swearingin went missing on January 3rd, 2019 and that was later to be determined the day they died. After Maya Maxwell was arrested on January 11, she named Marks as the person responsible in the murders and admitted to helping him hide the bodies.

Marks was arrested that same day in Grand Rapids, Michigan on a warrant for breaking into Scott's home nearly 5 months earlier in August of 2018. In total, Marks was charged with,

"Capital murder of multiple persons, tampering with physical evidence with intent to impair verity, interference with an emergency call, giving a false report to police, violation of a protective order, and burglary of a habitation with intention to commit another felony."
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Marks will now head to death row nearly 4 and 1/2 years after murdering Scott and Swearingin. He requested the jury grant the death penalty while also maintaining that he didn't actually kill the victims, only assisted with covering it up and that was enough to deserve death.

It will still be some time before the families can close the book on Marks as they wait for an execution date. Their loss and emotional pain will likely never end.

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