What Happened? Spider Man Cedric Marks: From MMA to Burglary & Murder Charges
By Robert Brizel, Real Combat Media MMA Correspondent
Fighting out of Chula Vista, Texas, between 1998 and 2018, Cedric ‘Spider Man’ Marks, 44, was once a feared MMA Bellator fighter with a record of 31-27 with one no contest, a veteran of 59 MMA professional bouts. He is now facing charges including burglary and capital murder. However, Marks had a mysterious dark shadowy past.
Ten years ago, Mark was a person of interest in the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend April Pease in Bloomington, Minnesota in 2009. In 2008, Pease had won a bitter court custody battle for her child with Marks. After Pease disappeared, Marks received custody of the child. However, the state took custody of the child soon afterwards.
Marks and his girlfriend Maya Maxwell, 26, are now facing the death penalty in Texas in connection with the deaths of Marks’ ex-girlfriend Jenna Scott, 28, and her friend Michael Swearingin, 32. Ms. Maxwell gave birth to Marks’ child while in police custody.
Marks, who was suspected of breaking into Scott’s home and robbing it, is charged with burglary and capital murder in connection with the Scott and Swearingin deaths. Marks is also charged with: interference with an emergency call; false reporting to a police officer, special investigator, or law enforcement employee; and violation of a protection order.
Marks became infamous again earlier this year when he escaped from custody at while Marks was being transported to Texas. Despite being shackled, Marks somehow managed to escape from his prison transport vehicle while the transport crew made a McDonald’s food stop near Houston. After nine hours of a manhunt search, Marks was finally recaptured. Marks is currently awaiting trial, which could take as long as two years, and is being held on $1,766,500 bond. Marks made his last MMA appearance on September 1, 2018, winning a unanimous decision over 13-15-1 Mike Seal.