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Judge: Accused Wellington Killer Clown to stay behind bars pending trial

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Defendant Sheila Keen-Warren appears during pre-trial hearing at the County Courthouse on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, in West Palm Beach, Fla. Keen-Warren is accused of dressing up as clown in 1990 and fatally shooting the wife of a man she later married. (Andres Leiva/The Palm Beach Post via AP, Pool)

(WEST PALM BEACH, FLA) — The accused Wellington Killer Clown from 1990 will not be released from jail pending trial. Sheila Keen-Warren’s lawyers filed motions asking for her release and for the judge to sanction the state after what the defense called willful misconduct. The Judge denied this week’s motions and said she will stay put.

Keen-Warren faces a first-degree murder charge in connection with the May 26, 1990, shooting death of his future husband’s wife Marlene Warren at her Wellington home.

“Marlene answered the front door and the clown had two balloons, as well as a bouquet of flowers, and went to hand Marlene those items,” McCann told reporters.

Warren, who had been eating breakfast with her then-22-year-old son and several of his friends, was surprised and commented, “How nice.”
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The clown then calmly walked back to the white Chrysler LeBaron in which she had arrived and drove away.

Warren died at Palms West Hospital two days later.

Keen-Warren eventually married Michael Warren in 2002 and moved to Tennessee, where the couple opened a restaurant. She had long been considered a suspect in the shooting, but it took 27 years to arrest her for murder in Virginia in 2017.

“There is no reliable physical or testimonial evidence that she committed this crime, yet Ms. Keen-Warren has been incarcerated without a bond since October 4, 2017,” Greg Rosenfeld, Amy Morse and Richard Lubin wrote in their motion to set conditions of pretrial release. “Any continued restrictions on her liberty are both punitive and a violation of the presumption of innocence.”

They went on to claim that Keen-Warren “is an innocent woman” who should be placed on house arrest until her trial begins.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Keen-Warren.