Trial delayed in killer-clown case after new disclosure

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The trial of a Florida woman accused of dressing up as a clown in 1990 and fatally shooting the wife of a man she later married has been postponed following the release of a law enforcement file containing information on other clown sighting leads at the time.

Prosecutors told Sheila Keen Warren’s defense attorneys last Thursday that they had found a ‘clown sighting file’ that defense attorneys had requested, but prosecutors said they didn’t have. not, according to a filing by defense attorneys in the Palm Beach County case. .

Defense attorneys in the motion have asked for a postponement of the first degree murder trial which was due to start next week. The jury trial was canceled on Friday.

Defense lawyers are also asking for sanctions against prosecutors for what they say are instances of non-disclosure of evidence to the defendant and asking that Keen Warren be released from jail before trial.

The 25-page “clown sighting file” contains the names, addresses or phone numbers of 40 credible leads, according to the defense attorneys’ court filing.

“Needless to say, this will take the defense considerable time and resources to investigate,” the defense attorneys said.

Marlene Warren was fatally shot in the face in May 1990 by someone wearing an orange wig, red nose and white face paint who handed her carnations and foil balloons after answering the door of her upscale home South Florida range.

Keen Warren was arrested in 2017 in Abingdon, Virginia. Detectives at the time said advances in DNA technology, combined with evidence gathered decades ago, pointed to Keen Warren as the killer. At the time of the shooting, she was an employee of Marlene Warren’s husband, Michael, at his used car lot. They married in 2002.

Keen Warren has pleaded not guilty.

Elna M. Lemons