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A professional MMA fighter wanted for the murder of two people led authorities in Texas on an “exhausting" nine-hour manhunt before he was re-arrested.
Cedric Joseph Marks, 44, escaped from a "private prisoner transport" in Conroe, Texas on Sunday after the vehicle, en route from Michigan to Bells County, Texas, made a stop at a McDonald’s, according to the Conroe Police Department.
Marks “was able to elude custody” and he “escaped on foot,” according to police.
He had been captured by U.S. Marshals on a warrant for burglary of a habitation with intent to commit a felony but he also had warrants on him for the murders of Michael Swearingen, 32, and Jenna Scott, 28, both of Temple, Texas. Scott is Marks’ ex-girlfriend. The burglary warrant is for an allegedly breaking into Scott's home.
Scott and her friend Swearingin were reported missing in early January and their bodies were found in a shallow grave in Clearview, Okla., on Jan. 15, KHOU reports.
The manhunt to locate Marks ended up being “an exhausting [nine-hour] manhunt involving multiple Montgomery County, State and Federal Law Enforcement agencies,” according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. After "new video surveillance emerged, law enforcement regrouped and began a grid search from the original location,” according to the Conroe Police Department.
Marks was found hiding in a 55-gallon trash can behind a house, according to a KWKT in Waco.
He is also considered him a person of interest in Minnesota in the disappearance of his former girlfriend April Pease. She is the mother of one of his children, according to KWKT. She once accused him of domestic abuse, according to the Associated Press.
Marks reportedly fought as a fighter under the name “Spider Man” for about 20 years.
[Photos: Conroe Police Department]
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