Police made an arrest in the infamous “clown killer” case, detaining Sheila Keen Warren on September 27 for allegedly shooting a woman on her doorstep while dressed as a clown – but her now-husband says she had nothing to do with the death of his first wife.
Michael Warren said police are falsely accusing his second wife, Sheila, of killing his first wife, Marleen Warren. Michael told ABC news, “This is very serious and very unfair.”
In 1990, Marleen and her son said they saw a white sedan pull into their driveway in Virginia. Marleen answered the door, and found an individual dressed as a clown carrying balloons. The person set down the balloons and pulled out a gun, shooting Marleen in the face and killing her.
The 27-year-old case had gone cold until news of Michael and Sheila’s marriage made its way to police. Investigators said Sheila was considered a suspect in the years after the murder, but she was never arrested.
Michael was out of town at the time of her death, but Marleen’s step-father said he believed Michael had information about her death. They both worked in the used car business in Wellington and often worked together. Michael and Marleen are rumored to have been having marital problems according to Marleen’s parents, but both Sheila and Michael say they were not having an affair. Sheila and Michael married in a wedding chapel in Las Vegas in 2002.
“I told him, I says, ‘Mike … I don't think that you done it. But I know pretty damn well that you know more about it than you're letting out,’” Marlene Warren’s step-father, Bill Twing, said according to ABC news. “And he says, ‘Honest. Honest, Bill,’ he says, ‘I don't know,’ and then we changed subject.”
At the time of her death, Marleen was a businesswoman. She owned rental properties and was the middle child of three daughters. Her parents describe her as "outgoing, friendly, [and] loving."
Sheila’s defense attorney, Richard Lubin, told the Associated Press, “Sheila Warren 'vehemently denies' killing Marlene Warren and will plead not guilty. She is facing first-degree murder charges for the crime and could be facing the death penalty if convicted.
“She [Sheila] got away with it for so long,” Marleen’s mother Shirley Twing said. “You can’t tell me that he [Mike] didn’t know. No way in heck … if there’s a hell, I hope she rots in it.”
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