TAVARES, FLORIDA—The California convicted murderer accused of stabbing and beating a Tavares woman in late July has bonded out of jail.
Oren Derell Warren, 57, of Sacramento, Calif. was being held on just $16,500 bond after a woman showed up at Tavares Police Department, beaten and bloody, on July 30, and said Warren repeatedly choked, beat and stabbed her. The victim had to be airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center due to the extent of her injuries.
Warren was found at the woman’s home with a knife on his hip and taken into custody. He was arrested for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, battery by strangulation, possession of a concealed weapon by a convicted felon, false imprisonment and deprivation of 911.
The arresting officer requested a “no-bond” status, because of Warren’s criminal history, including a conviction for murder in California in 1984 and several other violent charges that were dismissed in California and Texas, in addition to Warren not having any ties to Florida except the victim.
However, the bond was set at $16,500 by Circuit Judge Michael Takac, a deviation from the bond schedule for the 5th Judicial Circuit, which includes Lake County. According to Administrative Order A-2014-12 A, the suggested bond is $29,000.
The bond schedule is merely a suggestion, and it is not a binding order, Takac told Inside Lake last month. He said he did not remember the particulars of Warren’s case at the time but stressed that bonds are not a punishment.
“In the eyes of the legal system, he is still presumed innocent. You don’t set bond to punish people, you set the bond to make sure they show up to court,” Takac said.
Warren, who bonded out Monday, has pleaded not guilty to all the charges. His next court date is scheduled for Sept. 27, and he is represented by Mona Payne, of the Public Defender’s Office.
Click below to read Inside Lake’s previous story on Oren Warren