Prosecutors no longer seeking death penalty in Wellington killer clown case

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Sheila Keen Warren is accused of dressing up as a clown and killing Marlene Warren in 1990.{ } DNA technology led to Warren's arrest.

Prosecutors are no longer seeking the death penalty in the first-degree murder trial of Sheila Keen-Warren, court documents show.

Keen-Warren is accused of killing Marlene Warren 30 years ago while dressed as a clown.

The State Attorney's office said in 2017 it planned to seek the death penalty against Keen-Warren. But on Tuesday, prosecutors said they were going to take another look at whether to seek the death penalty.

“It’s good news for me if they officially decide to waive the death penalty," said Richard Lubin, Keen-Warren’s lead attorney, following the hearing. "Not that I ever thought it was a death penalty case, nor do I take the position she’s going to be convicted. But it’s one less trial you have to prepare for, because it’s a second whole trial. So that would streamline the process."

On Wednesday, prosecutors decided against it.

On May 26, 1990, investigators said Marlene Warren answered the door at her home in the Aero Club community, and was greeted by someone in a clown costume carrying flowers.

The clown opened fire and shot Warren in the face, investigators said.

Although investigators had their eyes on Keen-Warren since that day, the case went cold for years due to a lack of evidence.

Sheila Keen-Warren ended up marrying Marlene Warren's widow, Michael Warren, triggering speculation they had been having an affair at the time of the murder. However, Mr. Warren denied having any extra-marital affairs when investigators questioned him the day of the murder.

The cold case unit at the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office reopened the case in 2014.

Authorities arrested Keen-Warren in Virginia in September 2017 after a new DNA analysis tied her to the killing.