DNA was the high-tech tool that let cops bust open the 27-year-old killer clown case.
Authorities on Thursday hailed the advances in DNA testing, but declined to provide specifics on how the science finally led to a breakthrough in this investigation.
Eventually, a Palm Beach County jury could learn how Sheila Keen Warren’s days in rural Virginia suddenly ended with a first-degree murder charge. Officials say she’s the one who showed up at Marlene Warren’s home, disguised in a wig, white face paint with a smile and red bulb nose. The clown shot the 40-year-old dead.
“How many times do you have a clown come to the door and you open the door and it shoots you?” Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said of the high-profile nature of the case and the persistence of his detectives to crack it.
And the investigation remains open, though detectives wouldn’t answer one other key question: Is Michael Warren — Marlene’s husband at the time of her death and Sheila’s husband today — still a suspect and will he face charges?
The sheriff said it “remains to be seen” whether anyone else will be arrested in the case.
Lead Detective Paige McCann would say only that she interviewed Michael Warren on Wednesday, a day after the couple’s black Cadillac SUV was pulled over on a road near their Abingdon, Va., lakeside estate home.
The Washington County, Va., Sheriff’s Office on Thursday released videos from after the stop.
When Keen Warren first saw detectives approaching her, “I don’t believe I would say she was under duress, I believe it was more of a nonchalant attitude,” McCann said.
The recordings depict a somber-faced, blond-haired Keen Warren in the back seat of a patrol car, wearing a bright aqua tank top, capri jeans and flip-flops, and her hands cuffed behind her back, riding to the sheriff’s office and walking inside the building.
The surprise arrest came nearly a month after a Palm Beach County grand…