Cops ar­rest wife in old clown kill

The Courier-Mail - - WORLD -

WEST PALM BEACH: On a May morn­ing in 1990, Mar­lene War­ren an­swered her front door in an up­scale Florida sub­urb to find a clown in an orange wig, red nose and white face paint hand­ing her car­na­tions and foil bal­loons.

The clown then pulled a gun, shot War­ren in the face and drove away. She died two days later.

Now, al­most three decades later, au­thor­i­ties say they have ar­rested the clown – a woman who was said to be hav­ing an af­fair with War­ren’s hus­band and, years after the killing, mar­ried him.

De­tec­tives said ad­vances in DNA tech­nol­ogy, com­bined with ev­i­dence gath­ered decades ago, show Sheila Keen War­ren, now 54, was the killer.

At the time of the shoot­ing, she was an em­ployee of Mar­lene War­ren’s hus­band Michael at his used car lot. Since 2002, she has been his wife.

She was ar­rested on Tues­day at the home she shared with him in Abing­don, Vir­ginia, and was jailed without bail to await trans­fer to Florida on first-de­gree mur­der charges.

Michael War­ren, 65, has not been charged, but de­tec­tives re­fused to rule him out as a suspect and said he was in­ter­viewed again on Wed­nes­day.

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