The custodian who threatened to blow up Warren County High School in April has waived her right to a preliminary hearing and has been bound to the grand jury.
The defendant, Marlene Madewell, has waived her hearing before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke on the charge of filing a false report. She remains free on bond awaiting trial and is being represented by local attorney Dan Bryant. She no longer works for the school system, losing her job of 12 years due to the incident.
Madewell’s threat came the day after Warren County High School was evacuated and its students bused to the Civic Center for safety due to a bomb threat a student found scribbled on a boy’s bathroom wall. The writing was faint and some investigators believe it had been there for a while. However, school officials decided not to risk it and moved to evacuate the school. Nothing was found following a sweep by bomb dogs.
The high school was again evacuated the following day, although this time students remained on school grounds while bomb dogs did their sweep. Again, nothing was found. However, even as the sweep was being conducted, lawmen began zeroing in on Madewell. She had been asked to go look in the bathroom for any writing and came back to report threats had been scrawled on two bathroom stalls.
Madewell reportedly confessed when confronted about the threats that seem to target principal Jimmy Walker. Madewell, who is reportedly manic-depressive, had allegedly had issues with her boss leading up to the incident and had taken the opportunity for a bit of revenge.
Madewell could face one to two years on the charge if convicted.