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Jenna Scott’s father creates petition calling for improvement on protective orders

Posted at 5:45 PM, Apr 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-18 20:22:28-04

A petition calling for 10,000 signatures has been created to improve Texas law for protective orders.

The petition on change.org was created by Jonathan Scott, Jenna Scott's father. It is a petition to the Texas House of Representatives.

The petition says that the current Texas law does not require criminal background checks of individuals against whom protective orders are filed.

"Our daughter, Jenna Scott sought a protective order against an individual with an extensive criminal background and the court ruled against her protective order because the judge was not aware of the individuals criminal background - even though it was presented in verbal testimony," the petition states.

Jenna Scott and Michael Swearingin were killed by her ex-boyfriend, Cedric Marks, in January. Jonathan Scott states that it was three months after Scott's protective order was denied.

Marks was indicted for both murders in April.

The petition is asking for 10,000 signatures. So far, they have over 8,800.

"We would like to make it a requirement that Judges must acquire Criminal Background Checks for all individuals against whom protective orders are sought," the petition states.