The Palm Beach Post - - FRONT PAGE - By Eliot Klein­berg Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Staff writer Han­nah Win­ston con­trib­uted to this story. ek­lein­ Twit­ter: @eliotkpbp

WEST PALM BEACH — Af­ter 27 years, a judge agreed Mon­day that a few more weeks won’t make a dif­fer­ence in the “killer clown” mur­der trial of Sheila Keen-War­ren.

Keen-War­ren, 54, ar­rested in Septem­ber at her home in Vir­ginia, is ac­cused of dress­ing as a clown and mur­der­ing 40-year-old Mar­lene War­ren in War­ren’s Wellington Aero Club home in 1990.

Pros­e­cu­tors have said they plan to seek the death penalty. It’s been at least two decades since a jury im­posed a death sen­tence in state court in Palm Beach County.

In court Mon­day, de­fense at­tor­ney Richard Lu­bin waived Keen-War­ren’s right to a speedy trial, and Palm Beach County Cir­cuit Judge Sa­man­tha Schos­berg Feuer set the next sta­tus hear­ing for Jan. 23.

Feuer re­tained Keen-War­ren’s “no bond” sta­tus. The judge also agreed to a re­quest by Lu­bin that Keen-War­ren need not be present at sta­tus hear­ings.

Lu­bin has said Keen-War­ren will plead not guilty.

In Mon­day’s hear­ing, which lasted about two min­utes, Lu­bin told the judge he re­cently had re­ceived a vo­lu­mi­nous batch of doc­u­ments, both elec­tron­i­cally and on pa­per, from pros­e­cu­tors as part of the trial’s “dis­cov­ery” stage and wanted time to digest them.

“Mur­der cases in gen­eral are very com­pli­cated. This one is even more com­pli­cated and com­pounded by the age of the case,” Lu­bin told re­porters later. “We just de­cided to re­set it for 60 days and see where we stand. It’s go­ing to take a while. But we’re not go­ing to daw­dle.”

Lu­bin also would not re­veal the con­tents of a lengthy con­ver­sa­tion he had right af­ter the hear­ing with Keen-War­ren, sit­ting in the jury box with other crim­i­nal de­fen­dants, all clad in blue jail jump­suits.

De­tec­tives on the cold-case unit at the sher­iff ’s of­fice said a new DNA anal­y­sis fi­nally got them an ar­rest war­rant for the woman they’d sus­pected in War­ren’s mur­der for decades.

In the ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion, deputies were told Keen-War­ren was hav­ing an af­fair with Michael War­ren, then Mar­lene’s hus­band. Twelve years af­ter the mur­der, Keen-War­ren and War­ren were mar­ried in Las Ve­gas.

Au­thor­i­ties have not said whether they’re in­ves­ti­gat­ing Michael War­ren or if he may face charges in the fa­tal shoot­ing.

Mar­lene War­ren re­port­edly told her fam­ily that she wanted to leave her hus­band but that it was com­pli­cated be­cause the busi­nesses they ran to­gether — sev­eral prop­er­ties and a used car deal­er­ship — were un­der her name. Her fam­ily said she warned them if any­thing hap­pened to her, her hus­band had some­thing to do with it.


Sheila Keen-War­ren (right) ar­rives Mon­day in court for a pre­trial hear­ing in her mur­der case. She waived her right to a speedy trial in the slay­ing of a woman 27 years ago.

Mar­lene War­ren was shot to death at her Wellington home in 1990.

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