27 years later, arrest in fatal Florida clown shooting

It's unknown whether Michael Warren was involved in his former wife's death.

Shirley Twing, also speaking to the Post at the time, recalled Marlene once telling her: "If anything happens to me, Mike done it".

One of the two balloons - the silver one that read, "You're the Greatest" - was sold at only one store, a Publix supermarket near her home.

"This is the strangest thing I've seen in all my 19 years in law enforcement", Bob Ferrell, a former spokesman for the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, told the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel newspaper, a day after the murder.

The case was reopened in 2014 and a new DNA analysis was conducted, the release says.

At the time of the shooting, Keen-Warren, then known as Sheila Keen, was working at the auto rental agency run by Marlene's husband, Michael Warren. Since 2002, she has been his wife.

In another weird twist to the case, Michael Warren, the victim's husband, served three years in prison in 1992 on separate charges of odometer tampering, grand theft and racketeering.

They took long lunches together and Michael even began paying the woman's rent after she separated from her husband in January 1990.

The person dressed as a clown was carrying a flower arrangement and two balloons. Ahrens spoke with The Palm Beach Post in 2000. Authorities say Keen was that clown.

Michael Warren has not been charged, though the AP reports that investigators have not ruled him out as a suspect. He yelled at the clown who turned briefly turned around before taking off. Marlene died two days later, and the clown's white Chrysler convertible was found abandoned in Royal Palm Beach. Local children were scared of clowns.

McCann said Thursday that on May 26, 1990, Marlene Warren was at home with her son and several of his friends.

"We just needed a few of those little pieces of the puzzle and we were able to do that with the new technologies in DNA and we were able to complete the puzzle and I think that's what led to the indictment", she said. Twing reportedly said. "Son of a gun".

When Warren was first arrested on the odometer-tampering charges in 1991, sheriff's Detective Sgt. Lou Sessa told reporters the murder investigation would not be rushed.

Though the abandoned getaway vehicle was eventually traced to a rental agency Michael Warren did business with, police were unable to tie him to the murder of his then-wife.

"They were having problems", he told the paper. She lived in the Aero Club, a tony community with a private airstrip. In 2002, he married Sheila Keen. It was later reported stolen from a rental agency and was linked to Michael's dealership.

  • Rogelio Becker