‘Killer clown’ murder trial delayed after ‘clown-sighting file’ uncovered

Posted at 8:29 PM, October 14, 2022 and last updated 1:31 PM, April 25, 2023

By Scott Sutton

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (WPTV) — There is a new delay in the notorious “killer clown” case.


A judge agreed to delay the trial of Sheila Keen-Warren yet again after new information surfaced in the killing of Marlene Warren.

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At issue is a 25-page file of clown sightings put together by the original investigators of the case. Defense attorneys claim the file has roughly “40 credible leads” containing names, addresses and phone numbers.

Sheila Keen Warren

FILE – Sheila Keen Warren (Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office)

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“Despite alleging that it did its due diligence in searching for this file, the State admitted that the “clown sighting file” was located in a box in its office,” defense attorneys said in a court filing.

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Keen-Warren is accused of killing her lover’s wife while dressed as a clown in 1990. She was arrested in Virginia in 2017.

Her attorneys argued that they need time to track down those leads, and a judge agreed.

Marlene Warren was fatally shot in the face by a woman who was dressed as a clown in May 1990. (Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office)

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Keen-Warren was expected to face a jury in the coming weeks.

This story was originally published Oct. 14, 2022 by WPTV in West Palm Beach, an E.W. Scripps Company.