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Judge denies Cedric Marks' defense team's motion to watch DNA testing

Posted at 5:50 PM, Feb 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-27 18:50:10-05

TEMPLE, TX — A judge has denied Cedric Marks' defense team's motion to allow the team to view DNA testing.

Marks is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, Jenna Scott, and her friend, Michael Swearingin.

On Jan. 9, 2019, the Temple Police Department requested assistance from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation in connection to a homicide investigation. The Okfuskee County Sheriff's Office said a grave with two bodies was found near County Road 1140 in Clearview, Oklahoma. The bodies were of a man and a woman.

Scott and Swearingin had been missing since Jan. 4, 2019. Marks pleaded not guilty in February.

During the hearing on February 27, 2020, a judge denied the defense team's motion that would have allowed them to view DNA testing of evidence.

In January 2020, a judge granted a motion that will allow Cedric Marks to wear civilian clothes during the double-murder trial.