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Cops crack killer clown cold case in death of Florida woman

29 September 2017

Sheila Keen Warren was arrested Tuesday in Abingdon, Virginia, where the couple now lives.

A 54-year-old Virginia woman is finally behind bars almost 30 years after she allegedly dressed as a clown and shot her boyfriend's wife in the head in Florida - a case dubbed the "Killer Clown".

"This is the strangest thing I've seen in all my 19 years in law enforcement", Bob Ferrell, a then-spokesman for the Palm Beach County sheriff's office, told the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel the day after the murder.

On May 26, 1990, a woman named Marlene Warren answered the front door at her home in Wellington, Fla. - Twenty-seven years ago, a person wearing a clown costume walked up to Marlene Warren's home and shot her dead.

12 years after Marlene's death, Michael married Sheila Keen who was initially suspected of being the clown.

The sheriff's office says investigators reconnected with witnesses and conducted additional DNA analysis. "We've now learned since then, they had married and they are currently married and were living in the Tennessee area".

A grand jury indicted Sheila Keen Warren on charges of first-degree murder last month. Police have not said whether her husband, Michael Warren, was involved in his ex-wife's death.

When the vehicle was eventually found abandoned after the killing, police discovered orange wig fibers inside of it, as well as long brown hairs similar to Keen's.

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Keen Warren on Wednesday waived extradition and is reportedly expected to be returned to Palm Beach County to face the murder charge within 10 days.

"They finally found someone", Marlene Warren's mother, Shirley Twing, told ABC News.

Also, witnesses at a costume shop tentatively identified Sheila Keen as buying a clown costume two days before the murder.

"To the families - we won't forget about you", Bradshaw said. "It's just so out of character from what I know her to be", Brook Blevins said.

In recent years, the Warrens had been running a popular restaurant, the Purple Cow, in Kingsport, across the state line in Tennessee, authorities said.

"I feel like crying now, but I'm glad it's over". She worked for Michael's auto dealership and several people told police that they had been having an affair, according to the Sentinel.

Sessa wouldn't say what the new evidence was, but he did mention that "DNA evidence comes into play in cases like this". Bill Twing said, taking a long beat. Investigators were told by several people that Shelia Keen and Michael Warren were having an affair, but they both denied it.

KTLA reported that the teen woke up the next morning in one of their homes and immediately called a friend.

Cops crack killer clown cold case in death of Florida woman