Girlfriend saw Temple slayings, told cops where to find bodies: docs


AUSTIN (KXAN) — The girlfriend of a man accused of killing two friends from Temple told police she was there when the two were killed and transported to Oklahoma to be buried, according to an affidavit filed in Bell County court. 

Maya Maxwell faces tampering with evidence charges in connection with the deaths of Jenna Scott, 28, and Michael Swearingin, 32. Cedric Marks, 44, was charged with capital murder and is being held on $1.5 million bond after an escape attempt on Sunday. 

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Maxwell told investigators she was in a house in Killeen with Marks on Jan. 3 and that Marks killed Scott and Swearingin.

“Maxwell said that both Jenna Scott and Michael Swearingin were alive at the time they were brought to the Killeen residence,” police wrote in the affidavit. 

She says she watched as Marks went into a room and killed Swearingin and Scott.

“Maxwell reported that she heard a struggle when Marks entered the rooms with both individuals,” according to the affidavit. 

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Swearingin and Scott were reported missing in Temple in early January and their bodies were found in a shallow grave in Oklahoma. Police wrote that Maxwell gave investigators the information they needed to find the bodies.

Marks’ wife, Ginell McDonough, was also arrested on charges related to this case. She was charged with harboring a fugitive after police say she allowed Marks to live in her home despite knowing he had a warrant out for his arrest.

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