The trial of a Florida woman accused of dressing up as a clown in 1990 and fatally shooting the wife of the man she later married has been postponed following the release of a law enforcement file containing information about other clown leads at the time.
Prosecutors notified Sheila Keen Warren’s defense attorneys Wednesday that they had found the “clown sighting file” the defense attorneys were seeking, but prosecutors said they had not, according to a court filing by defense attorneys in the Palm Beach County case.
In the submission, the defense attorneys asked for the postponement of the first-instance trial for the murder, which was supposed to start next week. The jury trial was canceled on Friday.
The attorneys are also seeking sanctions against prosecutors for what they say are cases of failure to disclose evidence to the defendant and are asking that Keen Warren be allowed to be released from prison before trial.
The 25-page “clown sighting file” contains the names, addresses or phone numbers of 40 credible leads, according to a court filing by defense attorneys.
“Needless to say, this will take a lot of time and resources for the defense to investigate,” the defense attorneys said.
Marlene Warren was fatally shot in the face in May 1990 by someone with an orange wig, red nose and white face paint who gave her carnations and foil balloons after she answered the door of her posh South Florida home.
Keen Warren was arrested in 2017 in Abingdon, Virginia. Detectives at the time said advances in DNA technology, combined with evidence collected decades ago, pointed to Keen Warren as the killer. At the time of the shooting, she was an employee of Marlene Warren’s husband, Michael, at his used car lot. They got married in 2002.
Keen Warren has pleaded not guilty.
This story has been updated to correct that defense attorneys were notified of the disclosure on Wednesday, not Thursday.