WELLINGTON — Prosecutors have announced that they will be seeking the death penalty for Sheila Keen Warren, the 54-year-old woman accused of donning a clown outfit and killing her husband’s former wife in Wellington 27 years ago.
State Attorney Dave Aronberg said, “Sometimes justice can be delayed, but justice eventually arrives”
He said he “carefully deliberated” about seeking the death penalty and ultimately decided in favor of it, because: “My office is committed to pursuing justice for the victim.”
Keen Warren was arrested last Tuesday in Virginia and arrived in Palm Beach County last night. She’s being held without bond in the Palm Beach County jail on a first degree murder charge.
Keen Warren’s defense attorney Richard Lubin says she “vehemently denies” the charge, and had nothing to do with the killing.
Investigators say the victim, Marlene Warren, was shot in the face in her upscale Aero Club Wellington development in 1990 by someone dressed as a clown who knocked on her door with a handful of balloons and carnations.
She died of her injuries in the hospital two days later.
The victim’s husband, Michael Warren, who was married to Marlene Warren at the time of her death has been married to Keen Warren since 2002. He was with Keen Warren when she was arrested and police haven’t ruled him out as a suspect.
“There’s still a lot of questions about Michael Warren,” Aronberg said. “The victim’s husband, and now the suspect’s husband. Will he face charges in this case?”
Investigators have said Keen Warren was working for Micheal Warren at the time of the killing and suspect the two were having an affair, though both deny that they were romantically involved then.
The case went cold, but the sheriff’s department was able to reopen their investigation in 2014 after receiving a $125,000 federal grant.