MMA fighter who escaped prison van denies killings
The Associated Press - February 9, 2019 9:53 am
CONROE, Texas (AP) – An MMA fighter facing murder charges, who was recaptured after escaping from a prison van, says he had “nothing to do with” two bodies found in a shallow grave in Oklahoma last month.
Cedric Marks told TV station KPRC2 during a Thursday video call from a Texas jail that he’s not guilty of killing Jenna Scott and Michael Swearingin.
Marks says police “coerced” a witness against him and that he “was not trying to escape” on Sunday when he somehow freed himself from the van outside a McDonald’s near Houston.
Police recaptured the 44-year-old middleweight fighter after about nine hours. He declined to say how he escaped and authorities have released no details.
Marks is being held on charges including capital murder on a more than $1.75 million bond.