Prosecutors to seek Death Penalty for Cedric Marks

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Bell County prosecutors are going for the death penalty in the Capital Murder case against Cedric Marks. He is accused of killing Jenna Scott and Michael Swearingin in January.

District Attorney Henry Garza tells FOX44 News his office filed a notice with the District Clerks office about seeking the death penalty if Marks is found guilty of Capital Murder.

“There is such a thing as righteous anger and we feel that this is a case for righteous anger,” said Deborah Harrison, Michael’s mother.

Both families met with Garza a on July 10th to suggest the death penalty.

“We all agree that he has lived too long cause he lived longer than Michael and Jenna and they are not with us because of him so we all feel its appropriate and we do feel that way with a clear conscious,” said Harrison.

So far, there is no word on what penalty will be sought if Maya Maxwell is found guilty of the same crime.

“We believe she needs to be punished because she did assist in everything and we feel like she could have stopped it. But she did help and we would not have recovered the bodies, we would still be wondering where they were had she not cooperated,” said Harrison.

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According to court documents, Maxwell told police that Marks killed the two in January 2019 and then dumped their bodies in Oklahoma – and that she drove Swearingin’s car to Austin to throw police off.

Back in April, Cedric Marks pleaded Not Guilty to the three charges he faces: 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.”

“He’s full of bull, I believe Maya and I just think Cedric is full of bull,” said Harrison.

“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. 

Mark’s trial won’t start for another two to three years, Deborah says there’s only one way to get justice.

“We probably wont be alive by the time they actually execute him but the fact knowing he’s going to be put to death makes us feel better.” said Harrison. “It’s causing us a lot of physical and mental pain, I don’t think we’ll get over the loss of Michael. This will be with us forever.”

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