BELTON, Texas (AP) – Prosecutors in Texas say they will seek the death penalty for a professional MMA fighter accused in the deaths of two people whose bodies were found in a shallow grave in Oklahoma.
Bell County District Attorney Henry Garza said Monday his office has filed a formal notice to seek the death penalty against 45-year-old Cedric Marks.
Investigators say the two friends were killed Jan. 3 at a residence in Killeen, Texas.
Their bodies were found in a shallow grave in Clearview, Oklahoma.
The autopsy report says Swearingin likely died from asphyxiation due to strangulation. The report states that Scott’s death was a homicide and that she died from ‘homicidal violence.’ No other details were released.
Marks, Scott’s ex-boyfriend, has pleaded not guilty. His current girlfriend, Maya Maxwell, also faces charges in the case.