Your tip

Texas Cheerleader’s Boyfriend Charged With Her Rape & Murder After Shocking New Evidence

//Texas Cheerleader Boyfriend Rape Murder pp

Mar. 1 2018, Updated 1:26 p.m. ET

Link to FacebookShare to XShare to Email
Getting your Trinity Audio player ready...

The boyfriend of stunning 19-year-old Texas cheerleader, Cayley Mandadi, has been charged with her rape and murder after she was found dead on Halloween. has learned Mark Howerton – who was once marked as a “person of interest” in the case – turned himself in. The 22-year-old was charged with first-degree murder and first-degree sexual assault on Wednesday, February 28.

According to the affidavit, an “unresponsive” Mandadi was taken to the hospital on the night of October 29 and pronounced brain dead on October 30.

Article continues below advertisement

She was “nude from the waist down” and had “bruises on her neck/thigh area” when she was taken to the emergency room by Howerton. She was also “bleeding from her vagina” and had very swollen eyelids and red marks all over.

Howerton told investigators that he and Mandadi – who had known each other for 8 months and dated for 4 weeks – partied hard on October 29. They reportedly drank alcohol and took Molly.

The man also claimed that the two got into an argument that night, and later had violent and consensual “rough” makeup sex in his car while driving to Houston. He alleged that his girlfriend then passed out and wouldn’t respond, so he took her to the hospital.

According to the affidavit, Howerton’s knuckles were red at the time he arrived at the emergency room with an unconscious Mandadi, as if he had punched someone. He also had scratches all over his arms.

Article continues below advertisement

After searching his car for evidence and inspecting the injuries on Mandadi’s dead body, investigators concluded that Howerton’s story was inconsistent, and that the cheerleader had clearly suffered “physical and violent sexual assault.”

When friends of Mandadi were questioned about Howerton following her death, they claimed the man had always been violent and had previously threatened her life, even exposing a gun in front of their classmates.

Mark Howerton is now under police custody. His bond is set at $225,000.

Stay with for updates.

We pay for juicy info! Do you have a story for Email us at, or call us at (866) ON-RADAR (667-2327) any time, day or night.



More From Radar Online

    Opt-out of personalized ads

    © Copyright 2024 RADAR ONLINE™️. A DIVISION OF MYSTIFY ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK INC. RADAR ONLINE is a registered trademark. All rights reserved. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Terms of Service, Privacy Policy and Cookies Policy. People may receive compensation for some links to products and services. Offers may be subject to change without notice.