CONROE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — The MMA fighter facing murder charges who was recaptured after escaping from a prison van said he had “nothing to do with” two bodies found in a shallow grave in Oklahoma last month.READ MORE: Denton High School Pep Rally Canceled Due To 'Unsubstantiated Threat' On Social Media
Cedric Marks told Houston TV station KPRC during a Thursday video call from a Texas jail that he’s not guilty of killing Jenna Scott and Michael Swearingin.
Marks said police “coerced” a witness against him and that he “was not trying to escape” Sunday when he somehow freed himself from the van outside a McDonald’s near Houston.
Police recaptured the 44-year-old middleweight fighter after about nine hours. He declined to say how he escaped and authorities have released no details.READ MORE: Duncanville ISD Going Door-To-Door To Encourage High School Seniors Back To Class
Marks is being held on charges including capital murder on more than $1.75 million bond.
The friends Scott and Swearingin went missing January 4. Their bodies were recovered January 16 in Okfuskee County, about 75 miles east of Oklahoma City.
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