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didn’t speak dur­ing Mon­day’s brief hear­ing.

The next court hear­ing will be a case sta­tus check be­tween the judge and the at­tor­neys on Jan. 23.

De­fense at­tor­ney Richard Lu­bin said prose­cu­tors just days ago handed over the first batch of ev­i­dence in the case, which he called “com­pli­cated” be­cause it’s so old.

“I don’t re­ally know any­thing about the case yet,” Lu­bin told the judge.

De­tec­tives say Mar­lene War­ren an­swered the door to her home in the Aero Club com­mu­nity to ac­cept a bou­quet and two bal­loons from a clown wear­ing an or­ange wig, a red bulb nose, gloves and a smile painted on its white face.

Im­me­di­ately, the clown fired at War­ren’s face. She died within two days.

The clown fled in a white Chrysler LeBaron, which was found four days later aban­doned at a shop­ping cen­ter park­ing lot. Sheila Keen and Michael War­ren were orig­i­nally iden­ti­fied as per­sons of in­ter­est but nei­ther was charged at the time.

Keen, then 27, had been work­ing for War­ren’s used car deal­er­ship, Bar­gain Mo­tors Inc. of West Palm Beach, help­ing to re­pos­sess cars.

The case went cold un­til 2014, when Palm Beach County de­tec­tives took a fresh look at DNA ev­i­dence. They also learned the War­rens mar­ried in Las Ve­gas in 2002.

Sher­iff Ric Brad­shaw and State At­tor­ney Dave Aron­berg have told re­porters that Sheila War­ren’s Sept. 26 ar­rest in south­west Vir­ginia re­sulted from a DNA link and re­cent wit­ness in­ter­views.

They did not of­fer any specifics about the ev­i­dence, and there is no ar­rest re­port filed in the case that out­lines what led to the charge.

Af­ter the killing, de­tec­tives told re­porters that a search of Keen’s home yielded fibers from a bright or­ange wig. And sim­i­lar fibers were found in the get­away car.

For the past 15 years, the War­rens lived in small, his­toric Abing­don, Va., within the Blue Ridge Moun­tains.

They had a rep­u­ta­tion as a hard­work­ing, so­cia­ble cou­ple who un­til last year op­er­ated a pop­u­lar fast­food res­tau­rant in nearby Kingsport, Tenn.

Af­ter news of Sheila

War­ren’s ar­rest made na­tional head­lines, their neigh­bors and cus­tomers have said they were un­aware of their past al­leged ties to one of South Florida’s high-pro­file mur­ders.


Sheila Keen War­ren pleaded not guilty to the May 26, 1990, slay­ing of Mar­lene War­ren.

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