Monday, 28 Nov 2022

Florida clown murder trial postponed after discovery of clown sighting file

Florida clown murder trial postponed after discovery of clown sighting file


Florida clown murder trial postponed after discovery of clown sighting file

The trial of a Florida woman accused of dressing up as clown in 1990 and fatally shooting the wife of a man she later married has been postponed, following the disclosure of a law enforcement file containing information about other clown-sighting leads at the time.

Prosecutors informed defense attorneys for Sheila Keen Warren last Thursday that they had found a "clown sighting file" which defense attorneys had been demanding but prosecutors had been saying they didn't have, according to a court filing by defense attorneys in the Palm Beach county case.

Defense attorneys asked for a delay in the first-degree murder trial which was scheduled to start the next week. The jury trial was canceled on Friday.

Defense attorneys also are seeking sanctions against prosecutors for what they say are instances of failing to disclose evidence to the defendant and are asking that Keen Warren be allowed pre-trial release from jail.

The 25-page "clown sighting file" has the names, addresses or phone numbers of 40 credible leads, according to the court filing from defense attorneys.

"Needless to say this will take the defense considerable time and resources to investigate," the defense attorneys said.

Marlene Warren was fatally shot in the face in May 1990 by someone wearing an orange wig, red nose and white face paint who handed her carnations and foil balloons after she answered the door of her upscale South Florida home.

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