Killer Clown Suspect to Cops: 'Is My Husband Under Arrest?'

Sheila Keen Warren is accused of killing her husband's late wife in 1990
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 16, 2018 7:45 PM CDT
Cops Used DNA to Link Suspect to 'Killer Clown' Case
This photo provided by Palm Beach County Sheriff's office shows Sheila Keen Warren   (Palm Beach County Sheriff's office/Palm Beach Post via AP)

Palm Beach County prosecutors released evidence Thursday in the 28-year-old so-called "killer clown case" that they say helped lead to the arrest of Sheila Keen Warren in September at the Virginia home she shared with her husband—Michael Warren, victim Marlene Warren's widower. Per the AP, the evidence includes recent DNA tests conducted by the FBI that show that hair found in a car linked to the slaying could have come from Sheila Keen Warren. According to the Sun-Sentinel, that DNA evidence led to Keen Warren's Sept. 26 arrest. At the time, she reportedly asked police "is my husband under arrest," in addition to her pleas to know why she'd been arrested. When police told her she was accused of Marlene Warren's murder, they say she put her head down and refused to say anything further.

Prosecutors released the evidence without comment. Her attorney, Richard Lubin, did not immediately return a call and email seeking comment. Michael Warren, reached by phone, declined comment. Detectives have declined to rule him out as a possible suspect. Keen Warren, now 54, remains jailed without bond. Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty. According to the documents, she became a suspect shortly after the slaying when Marlene Warren, 40, opened her door on a Saturday morning to find a clown in an orange wig, a red nose but normal high-top shoes holding two foil balloons and carnations. Her then 20-year-old son and his friends, who were in the house, say the clown handed her the gifts. The clown without saying a word then shot her in the face, walked slowly to a Chrysler LeBaron convertible and drove away.

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