WATCH: FL prosecutor says Killer clown faces life in prison or death penalty

Sheila Keen-Warren's booking photo at the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Abingdon, VA (Source: SWVRJA)

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL (WJHL) – Palm Beach County, Florida authorities held a news conference Thursday morning. The event focused on the 27-year-old cold case murder and the accused killer clown, Sheila Keen Warren of Abingdon, VA.

Prosecutors say, if the accused killer clown is convicted, she could potentially face life in prison or the death penalty.

“The defendant, in this case, Ms. Sheila Keen Warren, has been indicted for first-degree murder with a firearm. The potential penalty, in this case, is life in prison and potentially the death penalty,”  said Dave Aronberg, State Attorney for Palm Beach County. “An announcement on whether or not the death penalty will be sought will not be until the defendant is returned to the jurisdiction.”

In addition, Aronberg noted that the prosecutors, in this case, will chief assistant state attorneys Brian Fernandes and Reid Scott. He said that both of them were involved with the arrest.

Dave Aronberg, State Attorney for Palm Beach County

Sheila Warren is accused of dressing up like a clown and killing the wife of the man who would be her husband.

The arrest happened on Tuesday in our region, in Abingdon, VA. Investigators said they set up a roadblock in order to take Sheila Warren into custody.

Back in 1990, investigators say Sheila Warren dressed as a clown and toting flowers and balloons, killed Marlene Warren at her Wellington home – and is now married to the victim’s widower.

Sheila Warren was considered to be a suspect at the time but was not arrested.

The case was reopened in 2014 with new DNA analysis. Detectives also learned of new details including Sheila marrying the victim’s widower, Michael Warren and the couple had been living in the Tri-Cities region.

“It was these technological advances that helped crack this case,” said Aronberg.

A Florida grand jury indicted Sheila Warren late last month. Washington County, VA Investigators said they had to set up a roadblock in order to take Sheila Warren into custody.

On Tuesday in court, Sheila Warren agreed to be taken back to Florida to be charged with first-degree murder.

Her husband, Michael Warren, has not been charged at this time.

Sheila Warren has hired an Abingdon, VA attorney.

News Channel 11 is tracking this case; we’ll post more details and have the live stream right here on WJHL.com.

 

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