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DALLAS (AP) – A private prisoner transport company has announced its closure after an MMA fighter accused of two murders escaped this month from one of his vans while he was escorted into a Texas prison.
Texas Prisoner Transportation Services announced in an email last week to Bell County officials that they would "start closing their deals and shutting down their business" on Sunday.
"Unfortunately, the new insurance rates have forced us to evaluate our activities and to conclude that we simply can not continue to operate," wrote the CEO, Ryan Whitten, in an email sent two days after The escape of Cedric Marks had caused an inter-agency human hunt.
The email, which was sent to the Associated Press by Ammy James, deputy auditor of the Bell County Auditor's Office, makes no mention of the fact that Marks broke away from a van stuck in a McDonald's & Near Houston on February 3rd.
"We are aware that this decision will create a burden on your prisoner transportation operations and, as the transition progresses, you will be able to continue placing orders with TPTS and we will transfer you to alternative transportation companies to respond. your transportation needs, "wrote Whitten.
On Monday, no one answered a call on the company's main phone line and a Whitten assistant did not answer a phone message asking for clarification on the status of the company's operations.
The company, based in Thrall, Texas, did not respond to questions about the escape and the police did not explain how Marks had managed to come off while wearing restraints for legs, hands and belly.
The 44-year-old middleweight fighter was arrested in Michigan last month for burglary in Bell County, 110 kilometers north of Austin. He was extradited when he escaped. He was recaptured after about nine hours and was jailed in Bell County with a bond of more than $ 1.75 million.
The same day he escaped, Marks was accused of murder in the murders of his ex-girlfriend, Jenna Scott, and his friend, Michael Swearingin. The couple had disappeared from their Texas home for more than a week when their bodies were found in a shallow grave in Clearview, Oklahoma, on Jan. 15.
Marks denied any role in their deaths and told KPRC2 television that he was not trying to escape the prison van. He did not explain how he was released.