Florida 'killer clown' case update: Defense attorneys want suspect released on bond
Palm Beach County
Left: Sheila Keen-Warren in 2017. Right: Marlene Warren

By Peter Burke, WPTV

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (WPTV) -- Attorneys for a woman accused of dressing up as a clown and killing her future husband's wife in 1990 claim their client is "innocent" and should be released from jail.

Defense attorneys filed a motion Monday asking a Palm Beach County judge to set a bond for Sheila Keen-Warren so that she can be freed from jail while she awaits trial. Keen-Warren faces a first-degree murder charge in connection with the May 26, 1990, death of Marlene Warren at her Wellington home.

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office Detective Paige McCann said during a September 2017 news conference that Sheila Keen, as she was known at the time, was dressed like a clown when she fatally shot Warren.

CASE DETAILS: Killer clown suspect 'innocent' and should be released on bond, defense attorneys say - WPTV

"Marlene answered the front door and the clown had two balloons, as well as a bouquet of flowers, and went to hand Marlene those items," McCann told reporters. "It was at that time that the clown pulled out a gun and shot Marlene in the face."

The clown then calmly walked back to the white Chrysler LeBaron in which she had arrived and drove away. Warren died at Palms West Hospital two days later.

Keen-Warren had long been considered a suspect in the shooting, but it took investigators 27 years to make an arrest. She eventually married Michael Warren in 2002 and moved to Tennessee, where the couple operated a restaurant. She was arrested in Virginia in 2017.