PLYMOUTH (CBS) – The man accused of killing his estranged wife in Marshfield sparking a regional manhunt was ordered held without bail Wednesday as brutal new details in the case were revealed in court. Allen Warner, 47, of Rockland, had a mental health evaluation before he pleaded not guilty to a murder charge at his arraignment in Plymouth District Court.
He was then sent to Bridgewater State Hospital for another evaluation.
The search for Warner ended Tuesday afternoon in Whitman after police say he took a stolen flatbed truck through the wrong way at a Dunkin’ Donuts drive-through and crashed into some flower pots.
He was arrested about 18 hours after investigators say he killed his soon-to-be ex-wife, 48-year-old Shana Warner, on Route 3A in Marshfield Monday evening. Authorities say he stabbed her eight times, ran her over and then shot her before running away and triggering a manhunt.
In court Wednesday, prosecutors revealed Shana Warner called 911 three times Monday, with the third and final call coming in around 6 p.m. She told police her ex-husband had jumped into her car and that she was “very hurt.” Multiple screams were then heard from her before the line went dead.
The prosecutor said officers found Shana Warner’s car, but no one was inside and the engine was still running. They found Shana in the road, bleeding heavily from the chest and left shoulder. A rock with blood on it was found nearby. She had a faint pulse and was rushed to South Shore Hospital where she died.
Investigators said she had been stabbed, shot and beaten. Warner had a deep laceration to her chin, a wound on her neck, and several other cuts, bruises, and abrasions all over her body. Bullet fragments were found in her left shoulder and a lung was damaged from bullet and stab wounds. The prosecutor said the wounds were so severe that Warner’s chin was almost cut off.
Authorities believe Allen Warner came to Marshfield several days ago to confront his wife. Marshfield Police Chief Phil Tavares said Warner was well-known to them and had “numerous interactions” with local police over the years.
According to court papers, Shana Warner had filed for divorce twice and she was in the process of filing a third time. A hearing had been set for January.
“He’s purely evil and he just committed an extreme, atrocious act of domestic violence,” Tavares told reporters outside court Wednesday.
Allen Warner is due back in court October 15.