Attorneys seek pretrial release for ‘Killer Clown’ suspect

Posted at 2:50 PM, January 21, 2021 and last updated 3:17 PM, July 20, 2023

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. (COURT TV) — Attorneys for Sheila Keen-Warren filed a motion to set pretrial release conditions claiming their client is “innocent” and should be released from jail, according to court documents.

    • In their January 4th filing, attorneys claim that “there is no reliable physical or testimonial evidence that Keen-Warren committed the crime.”
    • Adding, “any continued restrictions on her liberty are both punitive and a violation of the presumption of innocence.”
    • Keen-Warren has been jailed without a bond since October 4, 2017. Her attorneys argue that she “is neither a danger to the community nor a flight risk.”

Sheila Keen Warren is accused of murdering 40-year-old Marlene Warren on May 26, 1990. Investigators say Keen Warren shot the victim in the face while dressed as a clown. (Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office)

A November 2020 court filing by state attorney Reid Scott details the evidence that prosecutors plan to present during the trial.

    • Two Publix employees will testify that a woman “purchasing the exact flower and balloon ensemble found at the crime scene less than two hours before the murder. The grocery store was about a mile away from where Keen-Warren lived at the time.
    • Two employees at a West Palm Beach costume shop will testify that a woman purchased a clown costume two days before the shooting. The customer told the employees that she “needed enough white makeup to cover the entire face and that the costume would be for a female.”
    • Detectives located the LeBaron abandoned in a Winn-Dixie parking lot. Inside the getaway car was hair from the wig that matched hairs found on Keen-Warren’s boots.

Defense attorneys Greg Rosenfeld, Amy Morse, and Richard Lubin ask that Keen-Warren be placed on house arrest until her trial, which is scheduled to begin in April.