Woman facing charges in death of Temple couple extradited to Texas

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AUSTIN (KXAN/ KWKT) — The woman facing charges in connection with the disappearance and deaths of two friends from Temple has been extradited to Bell County, officials say. 

Maya Maxwell is now in Texas and faces tampering with evidence charges.

This case stretches across three states, but it started in Temple on Jan. 4 when friends Michael Swearingin, 32, and Jenna Scott, 28, were reported missing. Swearingin’s car was found abandoned in Austin a day later and authorities thought they may have been in the Texas capital. 

But Scott and Swearingin’s families were convinced there was foul play involved in their disappearance. Nearly two weeks later, the bodies of Swearingin and Scott were found in a shallow grave in Ofuskee County, Oklahoma.

Jenna Scott and Michael Swearingin (Courtesy Kim Martin)

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Scott’s ex-boyfriend Cedric Marks, 44, was arrested on Jan. 8 in Grand Rapids, Michigan on an outstanding warrant out of Temple. He is accused of breaking into Scott’s Temple home in August.

Maxwell is Marks’ current girlfriend. She is accused of stealing Swearingin’s car and bringing it to Austin. She was arrested in Michigan on Jan. 11 and is facing tampering with evidence charges. She was also named as a person of interest in the duo’s disappearance and deaths. 

On Tuesday night, Maxwell was extradited from Michigan and booked into the Bell County jail at 10:45 p.m. The charge she faces is a third-degree felony.

Marks wife, Ginell McDonough was also arrested on Jan. 11 and is facing different charges. 

Ginell McDonough, Cedric Marks and Maya Maxwell (Muskegon County Photo)

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McDonough was charged with harboring a fugitive after she was accused of allowing Marks to stay with her from Jan. 5 to Jan. 8 before he was arrested, all while knowing Marks had a warrant out for his arrest in Texas. 

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