Killer clown murder: 27 years of evidence shown

Killer clown murder: 27 years of evidence shown

Florida officials released hundreds of documents in the case of an Abingdon, Virginia woman accused of dressing up as a clown and murdering a woman in Florida.

Sheila Keen Warren, 54, reportedly dressed up as a clown to kill her husband's first wife in Washington County, Virginia.

Keen, then 27, had been working for Michael Warren's used auto dealership, Bargain Motors Inc. of West Palm Beach, helping to repossess cars. At the time, Keen Warren wasn't married to her now husband, Michael Warren, but was rumored to be having an affair with him.

When the 40-year-old Marlene Warren opened her door on that Saturday morning in Wellington, Fla., she found the clown in the orange wig.

On Thursday evening, the prosecution quietly released the evidence, which includes witness statements, DNA found inside the getaway auto that matched Keen Warren, and receipts to a Publix store that's located half a mile away from the suspect's then-home. reports four people watched the murder happen.

Further, one of the balloons given to Marlene had the words "You're the Greatest" on it. Publix was the only store that sold those particular balloons.

Michael Warren at the time owned a used auto lot and Sheila Keen did repossessions for him. The employees later saw Keen Warren in a lineup and although they thought it was her, they were not 100% sure if she was the same woman who bought a clown outfit and wig at the store. The lawyer advised that if the husband had a friend who did it and they couldn't tie the husband to the friend, he'd get away Scott free.

Marlene Warren died two days after she was shot in 1990

The paperwork current that immediately after the taking photos, detectives labored to look out the place the clown costume, the balloons and flowers had been purchased and to look out the automotive. The store employees relented and let her in.

Police later found the getaway auto abandoned; they gathered red wig fibers from inside the vehicle and DNA that matched Keen Warren.

Michael Warren's primary business at the time had been a used auto lot and Sheila Keen did repossessions for him. The couple who rented it remaining instructed detectives they'd arrived afterhours on the Payless, hoping to depart the automotive.

After they went once more later, the automotive was gone, so that they often called the amount as soon as extra and the similar man acted like he in no way spoke to them. The next morning they realized they had called Bargain Motors - its Yellow Page ad read "Payless!" No one was ever charged with the theft. She was long suspected of disguising herself in a clown costume and murdering Marlene on her front doorstep in 1990.

Warren told detectives he and his wife had a good relationship, but his employees and her family said Marlene Warren had been threatening to divorce him over numerous affairs and a beating she said he had administered a year before.

Sheila Keen Warren was arrested after ah 27-year investigation.

Michael Warren's employees told detectives he had said he would never divorce because his wife would get half his assets.

-Detectives collected samples of Sheila Keen's hair and vials of her blood through a June 1990 search warrant. She denied being the shooter, saying she was in a single different part of the county looking for cars that needed to be repossessed. Four years after his first wife's death, Michael was convicted of grand theft, racketeering and odometer tampering and served nearly four years in prison. They had a reputation as a hardworking, sociable couple who until a year ago operated a popular fast-food restaurant in nearby Kingsport, Tenn.



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