Arrest made in decades old Wellington clown murder case

Wendy Jensen
September 28, 2017

"I didn't think that it would ever happen; there's always hope, but I'd prefer to have her instead", Marlene Warren's 87-year-old mother, Shirley Twing, told the Florida Sun-Sentinel after the arrest was announced.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday that Sheila Warren was arrested in Washington County, Virginia, in connection with the fatal shooting.

Marlene Warren, her 22-year-old son and his friends saw a white Chrsyler LeBaron pull into the driveway of her South Florida home.

"Taking another person's life is a horrific incident", said Palm Beach County sheriff's Sgt. Richard McAfee in a news conference while speaking of the decision to wear a clown costume. At the time of her death, Marlene was married to Michael Warren, whom Sheila married in 2002.

NBC News reports that fairly early in the investigation, Sheila Keen became a suspect in Marlene's murder, but authorities did not have enough evidence to charge her.

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Detectives haven't said anything regarding Michael being involved in his former wife's death 27 years ago.

Investigators looked at both as suspects in Marlene Warren's killing, and the circumstantial evidence piled up.

'We're more than glad to be able to help to bring this to a successful conclusion'. The sheriff's office did not mention if her husband, Marlene's widower, will be charged.

The getaway auto, a white Chrysler LeBaron convertible, was also a key part of the initial investigation.

Then, the clown shot Marlene Warren in the face.

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Warren was arraigned Wednesday morning in Washington County General District Court and waived extradition, officials said.

Warren died two days later.

The sheriff did not mention whether or not Michael Warren would also be arrested. Store clerks picked her out of a lineup and police found fibers from a bright, orange wig in Keen Warren's home.

A spokesperson for the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office declined to comment further on the investigation, saying the indictment was under seal. The balloons were bought an hour before the shooting and the salesperson described the woman, who bought the balloons, as having long brown hair like the accused. He did serve time in prison for grand theft, racketeering and odometer tampering, connected to a used auto business.

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