MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — The wife of an MMA fighter who allegedly killed two people in Texas has admitted to helping him evade authorities in Michigan.
Ginell McDonough, of Muskegon, pleaded guilty Jan. 31 to a felony count of harboring a felon.
McDonough and her husband Cedric Marks were arrested in January 2019 — McDonough in Muskegon and Marks in Grand Rapids.
Marks was charged with killing his ex-girlfriend, Jenna Scott, and and Scott’s friend, Michael Swearingin, near Temple, Texas, on Jan. 3, 2019. Their bodies were later found in shallow graves in Oklahoma.
He has pleaded not guilty and his case is working its way through the justice system in Texas. If convicted of murder, he faces the death penalty.
Also arrested in Muskegon last year was Maya Maxwell, one of Marks’ girlfriends. Initially accused of helping get rid of Swearingin’s car, she was also allegedly present when the killings happened and now also faces capital murder charges, WOOD’s sister stations report, though authorities have not yet decided whether to pursue the death penalty in her case. She is expected back on court for a pre-trial hearing Feb. 28.
Maxwell gave birth to Marks’ child while in jail in Texas; that child is in the custody of the state.
McDonough was scheduled to stand trial starting Tuesday. With the trial canceled, sentencing is now set for Nov. 13.