Cedric Marks pleads Not Guilty to Capital Murder charge


Cedric Marks pleaded not guilty on Friday morning to all three charges against him. This includes capital murder of multiple persons, tampering with evidence and burglary.

When asked if he was guilty or not guilty of capital murder of multiple persons on January 3, Marks replied, “Absolutely not guilty.”

No pre-trial date has been set. The attorney for Cedric Marks, Michael White, says it could be up to two years before a trial if the state pursues the death penalty.

Marks has been held at the Bell County Jail on a $1.7 million bond.

The 44-year-old is accused of killing Temple friends Jenna Scott and Michael Swearingin and then burying their bodies in Oklahoma.

“He’s insisted without going into the particulars of the details that he is absolutely not guilty of either the burglary, the tampering, or ending the life of any individual,” says Mark’s attorney Michael White. 

White says Marks has tried to hire his own private investigators, but White advises against it until a team for his case is assembled.

“He’s wanting some independent investigations done. I’m trying to let him know that that is not how we can proceed if in fact it is a death penalty case,” White says.

White hopes the state will decide whether they will pursue the death penalty within the next week or two. 

“It’s starting to strain the relationship I have with Mr. Marks because of him being agitated about not having his own investigator visit with him privately,” White says. 

Michael Swearingin’s mother was in the court room on Friday. Jenna Scott’s father wasn’t, but gave FOX44 this statement: 

“It’s part of the process. Marks and Maxwell will go to trial and their guilt or innocence will be determined by a jury based on the evidence presented to them.”

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