Defendant in killer clown cold case will face death penalty

(WTNH)–A woman accused of killing the wife of her current husband while dressed as a clown and delivering balloons will face the death penalty.

Shelia Keen-Warren was in court in West Palm Beach on Wednesday after being arrested in a 27-year-old cold case.

The murder happened in Washington County, Virginia, where prosecutors said in 1990, Keen-Warren shot her lover’s wife, Marlene Warren, while wearing a clown costume and carrying flowers and balloons.

Keen-Warren later married the victim’s husband in 2002.

Police identified the now 54-year-old as a suspect at the time, but never made an arrest. Detectives said new DNA testing matched Keen-Warren’s hair with DNA found at the scene.

“Today we filed a notice of intent to seek the death penalty in this case. We have the victim’s thoughts and memories in mind,” said State Attorney Dave Aronberg.

Keen-Warren’s attorney says she strongly denies killing her husband’s former wife.

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