Woman accused in killer clown case expected back in court today

The woman accused in South Florida’s killer clown case is expected back in court today for a hearing about preparations for her trial.

It’s been more than 18 months since authorities charged Sheila Warren in the shooting death of Marlene Warren in Wellington nearly 29 years ago.

Jailed without bond, Sheila Warren, 55, has waived her right to a speedy trial and pleaded not guilty to a first-degree murder with a firearm charge.

On May 26, 1990, the 40-year-old victim opened the door of her Aero Club estate home for a clown wearing an orange wig, a red bulb nose, gloves and a smile painted on white makeup. The clown held two balloons and flowers in one hand and a pistol in the other.

The case features a love triangle: He was married to Marlene Warren, 40, and having an affair with then-Sheila Keen at the time of the murder, according to court files.

Michael Warren then denied any involvement and later was convicted of financial crimes connected to his used-car business, where his mistress had worked, records show.

Years after he was released from a Florida prison, Michael and Sheila Warren married in Las Vegas in 2002. Together, they operated a popular fast-food restaurant in Kingsport, Tenn., not far from their Abingdon, Va., home.