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MMA Fighter Recaptured After Escaping Prison Van

Cedric Marks is suspected of 2 killings
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 4, 2019 12:11 AM CST
In this photo provided by the Kent County, Michigan Sheriff's office, Cedric Marks is pictured in a booking photo in Grand Rapids, Mich., dated Jan. 8, 2019.   (Kent County Michigan Sheriff's Office via AP)
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(Newser) – An MMA fighter suspected of killing at least two people, including an ex-girlfriend, was captured Sunday after escaping from a prisoner transport van in Texas, authorities say. Cedric Marks was taken into custody after a nine-hour manhunt involving multiple law enforcement agencies, Montgomery County sheriff's Lt. Scott Spencer said in a tweet Sunday evening. Marks was found hiding in a trash can and surrendered without incident, Conroe police said in a Facebook post. Marks escaped Sunday morning from the private prison transport van during a stop at a McDonald's in Conroe, about 40 miles north of Houston, Conroe police Lt. Dorcy McGinnis said during a news conference.

McGinnis said murder warrants were issued Sunday for Marks in last month's killings of an ex-girlfriend, Jenna Scott, and a friend of hers, Michael Swearingin, who disappeared Jan. 4 and were found on Jan. 15 buried in a shallow grave in Clearview, Okla., the AP reports. Marks was arrested in Michigan last month on a Texas charge alleging that on Aug. 21 he broke into Scott's home in Temple, which is about 60 miles north of Austin. Authorities say he escaped while being transferred to Bell County to face that charge. Police in Bloomington, Minn., say Marks is also a person of interest in the 2009 disappearance of April Pease, who was the mother of one of his children.

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