Abingdon suspect waives extradition in 1990 Florida clown murder

Abingdon suspect waives extradition in 1990 Florida clown murder

A woman accused of dressing up like a clown and fatally shooting the wife of her future husband 27 years ago has been arrested, Florida authorities said Tuesday.

Sheila Keen Warren, who married Marlene's husband Michael after the death, was arrested on Tuesday, according to Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

A clown, carrying flowers and two balloons allegedly shot Marlene Warren in the face on her doorstep in Wellington, Florida, near West Palm Beach, in 1990, the network said.

Without saying a word, the clown pulled out a gun and shot Marlene Warren in the face.

Now, almost three decades later, police say they've identified the alleged killer clown: Sheila Keen Warren, 54, who later married Marlene Warren's widower, Michael Warren.

Palm Beach County detectives reopened the case in 2014, and say DNA evidence links Warren to the murder. Investigators also learned Shelia Keen-Warren, now 54 years old, and Michael Warren owned and operated a restaurant together in Tennessee.

And last month, a grand jury issued a First Degree Murder indictment for Sheila.

Michael Warren was also a suspect, especially since friends and family said his marriage to Marlene was struggling, but he ended up in prison on unrelated charges connected to his auto rental agency for three years and then went off the radar.

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Officers arrested Warren 27 years later at her home in Abingdon, Va.

PBSO Detectives received assistance from the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office, U.S. Marshal's Task Force Western District of Virginia, Detectives from the Washington County Virginia Sheriff's and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations. Marlene died days later at a local hospital. Both she and her husband, Michael Warren, were previously suspects in the case.

Marlene Warren also thought there was another woman.

When the auto was eventually found abandoned after the killing, police discovered orange wig fibers inside of it, as well as long brown hairs similar to Keen's.

Hours after the killing, workers at a costume shop called police and said a woman had bought a clown costume two days earlier - then picked Keen out of a photo lineup, the newspaper reported in 1990.

In 2000, as DNA testing became more common, the Palm Beach sheriff's office hoped the orange fibers and brown hair found in the LeBaron would lead them to Marlene Warren's killer.

Warren was convicted of theft and and racketeering charges related to his vehicle businesses in 1990 following the initial investigation. "We'd rather take our time and go in with the best case than to rush it".

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