Waller's lawyer files for change of venue

Friday, August 24, 2012
Clay Waller waits to be escorted out of the courtroom after his preliminary hearing Wednesday morning, July 25, 2012 at the Jackson Courthouse. Waller is charged with the murder of his wife Jacque who went missing June 1, 2011. (Laura Simon)

Clay Waller's attorney has filed a motion for a change of venue in his client's murder trial, backing up what he said previously -- that he thinks a barrage of local media coverage would prevent Waller from getting an impartial jury in Cape Girardeau County. The circuit clerk's office confirmed that lawyer Chris Davis filed the motion Thursday, but added that Judge Ben Lewis is not expected to rule on the motion until an already scheduled case review Oct. 22. Waller is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his estranged wife, Jacque, who disappeared last year. Prosecutors say Clay Waller killed his wife Jacque after a fight over a pending divorce and money, though no body has been found. Waller pleaded not guilty at his arraignment earlier this month.

Pertinent address:

100 Court St., Jackson, MO

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