27 years later, woman charged in fatal shooting by clown

Published: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 @ 11:59 AM

27 Years Later, Woman Charged In Fatal Shooting By Clown

For 27 years, investigators thought Sheila Keen had something to do with the clown who drove up to a home in Wellington, Florida, with flowers, balloons and a gun, and killed 40-year-old Marlene Warren.

They believed Keen was having an affair with Michael Warren, Marlene’s widower. They subpoenaed her then-husband and mother-in-law. The balloons found at the scene were only sold at the Publix across from her home at the time.

On Tuesday, investigators arrested the now 54-year-old, who goes by the name Sheila Keen Warren, in Washington County, Virginia, with the help of local law enforcement officers.

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The sheriff’s office reopened the case in 2014 and has since spoken again with witnesses and conducted additional DNA analysis. Investigators said they learned Sheila Keen Warren married Michael Warren, Marlene’s widower, in 2002 and the pair owned a restaurant together in Tennessee. Property records show she has owned a home in Abingdon, Virginia, near the Tennessee border, since 2002.

The sheriff’s office did not say if those facts or other new evidence led to a grand jury indictment on first-degree murder in August. The sheriff’s office did not mention if her husband, Marlene’s widower, will be charged.

On May 26, 1990, a person dressed in an orange wig and white face paint parked a white Chrysler convertible in Marlene Warren’s driveway at 14570 Takeoff Place in Wellington. She answered the door, walking past her 21-year-old son, Joseph Aherns, and his friends. The clown handed her red and white carnations and foil balloons.

“Oh, how pretty,” her son remembered her saying. Aherns spoke with The Palm Beach Post in 2000.

Without saying a word, the clown pulled out a gun and shot Marlene Warren in the face. Aherns, who was in cast at the time from a car crash, said he made his way to his mother and yelled at the clown, prompting the shooter to turn around. Aherns didn’t remember what he said, but he remembered the clown’s brown eyes. After calling 911, he got his keys, got into a car and tried to find the Chrysler convertible to no avail. His stepfather, Michael Warren, was on Interstate 95 heading to a casino in Miami.

Warren died two days later.

A white Chrysler convertible matching Aherns’s description of the car the clown used to drive away was found abandoned in Royal Palm Beach, according to reports at the time.

But no blood, fingerprints or a gun were ever recovered. Neither was the clown suit.

In the days following the shooting, neighbors tried to put together what happened. Local children were scared of clowns.

Before Marlene Warren was killed, she told family that she feared her husband, Michael, would kill her. She wanted to leave him, but their auto business and real estate properties, worth more than $1 million, were in her name.

Family members told The Post in 2000 that Marlene Warren told her mother, “If anything happens to me, Mike done it.”

“They were having problems,” Bill Twing, Marlene’s stepfather, told The Post in 2000. “If she would’ve left him, it would’ve cost him dearly.”

Marlene Warren also thought there was another woman.

Shelia Keen was 27 and worked for Michael Warren at his West Palm Beach used car lot. Investigators were told by several people that Shelia Keen and Michael Warren were having an affair, but they both denied it. The pair married in Las Vegas 12 years after the shooting.

In the days after the fatal shooting, sheriff’s investigators discovered many connections to Shelia Keen Warren:

The balloons at the scene were only sold at a Publix at Community and Military Trail near where she lived. The salesperson described the woman who bought the items as having long, brown hair, like she had. The balloons were bought less than an hour before the shooting.

At a nearby costume shop, salespeople there identified Sheila Keen specifically as the woman who bought a clown costume just days before the shooting.

Additionally, detectives connected the Chrysler convertible to Michael Warren’s car business through a stolen car report filed just a month before. Inside the car, they found orange fibers, possibly from the orange clown wig, and brown hair. DNA analysis in 1990 was very limited.

Until now, neither were ever arrested in the fatal shooting.

Michael Warren did serve several years in prison after he was convicted of grand theft, racketeering and odometer tampering, connected to the used car business.

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Father intentionally killed 5-year-old son, police say

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 11:54 AM

Police: 5-Year-Old Son Intentionally Killed By Father

father is in custody after police say he intentionally killed his 5-year-old son at a DeKalb County, Georgia, home Wednesday night.

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It was not immediately clear what led to the homicide or how the boy was killed.

According to police, the child lived at a home on Rocky Pine Drive in Lithonia with his grandmother. His parents drove from California for an unannounced visit Wednesday, authorities said.

The boy’s mother and grandmother left the home, returned and “learned that the child had been murdered,” police spokeswoman Shiera Campbell told WSBTV.

Three other children were inside the home at the time of the killing, but were not injured, the news station reported. 

Police have not released the names of the father and child.

"Right now, the father is in custody,” Campbell said. “He is a 25-year-old male.” 

Authorities continued to investigate the incident Thursday.

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Officials: Woman started massive blaze after losing home in divorce

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 2:44 PM

Authorities in Paulding County, Georgia, arrested Adrienne Satterly, 41, on 14 counts of first-degree arson and three counts of aggravated animal cruelty.
Paulding County Sheriff's Office
Authorities in Paulding County, Georgia, arrested Adrienne Satterly, 41, on 14 counts of first-degree arson and three counts of aggravated animal cruelty.(Paulding County Sheriff's Office)

Authorities said a Georgia woman accused of setting a fire that spread to 19 houses started it in the house she lost in a divorce.

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Paulding County fire officials said Adrienne Satterly, 41, of Hiram, stacked a pile of mattresses in the living room of the home, on Rosemont Court in Hiram, early Sunday morning.

She then lit the mattresses on fire and left the house with her two cats, fire officials said.

The fire spread to 19 separate homes in the Greystone Subdivision, destroying four homes and damaging 16 others, firefighters said. The fire was reported at 3:25 a.m.

Satterly is charged with 14 counts of first-degree arson and three counts of aggravated animal cruelty.

Neighbors told WSBTV that they ran out of their homes with almost nothing but their lives.

“I lost my two dogs, which is the hardest thing because material things can be replaced, but my dogs is my -- that breaks my heart,” neighbor Auzalea Godfrey said.

Fire investigators said Satterly called 911 after walking about an hour to a nearby Walmart after starting the fire.

Satterly remained jailed Tuesday in Paulding County, where she is being held without bond.

Neighbors said she gave them no warning.

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6-year-old boy, 3 family members shot outside Texas steakhouse

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 11:06 AM

A Young Boy And Family Members Shot Outside Texas Steakhouse

Police are investigating after a 6-year-old boy and three of his family members were shot Sunday evening in the parking lot of a Texas Roadhouse steakhouse in San Antonio.

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Police Chief William McManus said Sunday that the shooting, which happened as people were waiting outside the restaurant to eat, left the 6-year-old with a gunshot wound to his leg. Police said two of the boy’s three injured family members, all adults in their 20s, were hospitalized Sunday in critical but stable condition.

The shooting happened around 8:40 p.m. outside the Texas Roadhouse steakhouse on Cinema Ridge, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

“We do not believe that this shooting is random,” McManus said. “There were a number of people that were standing (outside the restaurant). All the people that were hit were from the same family.”

The gunman, who has not been identified, fired about 10 shots at the family within 15 feet of the front of Texas Roadhouse, the Express-News reported. He was masked at the time of the shooting, according to the newspaper.

Police continue to investigate the attack.

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Police: Woman said she was frustrated when she tossed dog out of moving car

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 2:36 PM

Woman Accused of Tossing Dog Out of Moving Car

A woman in Texas has been arrested after she was caught on camera tossing her small dog named Pumpkin out of a moving vehicle.

The Chihuahua-mixed breed survived the incident and was found Thursday roaming a family's rural property in Weatherford, WFAA reported. Surveillance cameras on the property provided clear identification of the vehicle. The dog's microchip further confirmed the owner's identity. 

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When questioned by Sgt. Ricky Montgomery, Janet Byas, 43, initially denied tossing the dog out of the vehicle. When the evidence of her involvement was presented to her, Montgomery said she admitted that she threw the dog out of the car because she was frustrated with it. She said Pumpkin would not stay on her property and she "couldn't handle it anymore," WFAA reported.

When WFAA asked for Montgomery's reaction to Byas' reasoning for throwing the dog out of the car, Montgomery said, "Grow up."

Byas was arrested and charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty.

Pumpkin is recovering from the ordeal and will eventually be available for adoption, Parker County Animal Control said.

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