1990 murder: Costume shop clerk testifies in hearing over evidence she sold 32 years ago

1990 murder: Costume shop clerk testifies in hearing over evidence she sold 32 years ago

(As originally published with bells and whistles, Wed, March 8th 2023, 1:49 PM EST)

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (TND) — A high-profile murder trial in Florida could finally be happening and since the crime happened 32 years ago, the evidence is old and potential witnesses have grown up.

Take the clerk from a costume shop, for example.

She was just 18 years old woman at the time of the killing, on Memorial Day weekend back in 1990.

Somebody dressed as a clown rang Marlene Warren’s doorbell and shot her to death when she opened the door.

Prosecutors believe the suspect, Sheila Keen-Warren, bought her costume from the clerk, who is now nearing 50.

Tuesday, the former clerk told the court she sold clown-type gear to a mystery woman who appeared to be “not very feminine” all those years ago.

The hearing was part of a marathon of arguments from the defense and prosecution to suppress evidence in the so-called “killer clown” case.

1990 murder: Costume shop clerk testifies in hearing over evidence she sold 32 years ago
The costume shop clerk (left) allegedly sold Sheila Keen-Warren (center) the costume prosecutors said she wore while killing Marlene Warren in 1990. (March 8, 2023 WPEC; file from Palm Beach Co. Sheriff’s Office)

The suspect, Keen-Warren, went on to marry the victim, Marlene’s husband, Michael.

The case had been cold for decades until investigators got new evidence and arrested Keen-Warren in 2017.

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