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WEST PALM BEACH (CBSMiami) – The woman at the center of the “killer clown” murder investigation has been denied bond.

Sheila Keen-Warren made her first appearance before a judge in Palm Beach County on Wednesday.

Keen-Warren, 54, faces a first degree murder charge for the murder of Wellington mother Marlene Warren, who was shot in the face when she answered the door in 1990 by a person dressed in a clown costume delivering balloons and a bouquet of flowers.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office says Keen, mistress of the victim’s husband Michael, was a suspect early on but there was never enough evidence to charge her. Keen-Warren and Warren were married in Las Vegas 12 years after the murder.

The case went cold for 27 years.

Detectives reopened it in 2014 and were able to arrest Keen after DNA evidence reportedly linked her to the crime.

Keen was arrested Tuesday, September 26th, in her Virginia home and extradited to South Florida. She was walked into the Palm Beach County Jail around 9 a.m. Tuesday.

The State Attorney’s Office said they will seek the death penalty.


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