A cold case since 1990. There had been no arrest in the 1990 cold case until Tuesday, when authorities charged 54-year-old Sheila Keen-Warren with first-degree murder with a firearm, Washington County Virginia Sheriff Fred Newman said at a news conference, reports Time.
As she calmly walked back to her car. The long-unsolved crime occurred when a person dressed as a clown arrived at 40-year-old Marlene Warren's home in Palm Beach County, Fla., carrying flowers and balloons, according to the Palm Beach Post. Seconds later, the clown pulled out a gun and shot Warren in the face before calmly walking back to a vehicle and fleeing, the newspaper said. Warren later died of her injuries, Time continues.
The investigation was re-opened in 2014. Investigators believe Keen-Warren was having an affair with the victim’s husband, Michael Warren. The suspect and the victim’s husband later got married and opened a restaurant together, the Post reported. The cold case was reopened in 2014, and the investigation led authorities to suspect Keen-Warren.
Taken into custody. "Any murder's horrific. It doesn't matter whether you're wearing a clown costume or not," said Palm Beach County Sheriff's Sgt. Richard McAfee. "It just took us 27 years to bring closure to the victim's family. Murder cases never go away."Michael Warren was not arrested at the time Keen-Warren was taken into custody, according to NBC News, as reported by Time.
Abingdon, Virginia. Sheila married the slain woman's husband 12 years after the killing, was taken into custody in Abingdon, Virginia, a mountain town more than 800 miles from the site of the slaying. Keen, 54, has been charged with first-degree murder in Warren's killing 27 years ago. No plea has been entered yet, according to CNN.
Possible death penalty case. She waived extradition back to Florida, and prosecutors will announce whether they will seek the death penalty once she returns to the state, according to Palm Beach County State Attorney David Aronberg. It is unknown whether Keen has private defense counsel.
Marlene's parents. Bill and Shirley Twing, Marlene Warren’s mother and stepfather, who live in Las Vegas, Nevada, were relieved Tuesday night when they learned an arrest had been made.“It makes me pretty happy,” said 87-year-old Shirley Twing. Source: Roanoke.com.