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Waller case
Interactive timeline map of the Waller case
Click on the headline to view an interactive timeline map showing key dates and locations in the investigation of Jacque Waller's murder and prosecution of her husband, Clay Waller.
Read the probable cause statement
Read a copy of the probable cause statement filed to support the murder charge against Clay Waller by clicking on the headline or the link below. Some names have been redacted to protect witnesses and children.
Waller Pleads Guilty
Clay Waller pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the death of his wife, Jacque Waller, Thursday, June 6, 2013, inside the Cape Girardeau County Courthouse. Jacque Waller went missing June 1, 2011. Her body was found last Wednesday in Southern Illinois.
Waller News Conference
Law enforcement officials, prosecutors and family members speak with reporters during a news conference Thursday, June 6, 2013, at the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Office after a hearing at the Cape Girardeau County Courthouse where Clay Waller pleaded guilty to killing his wife, Jacque Waller, on June 1, 2011.
Waller Courthouse
Outside the Cape Girardeau County Courthouse Thursday, June 6, before, during and after a hearing where Clay Waller pleaded guilty to killing Jacque Waller on June 1, 2011.
Jacque Waller 5K run/walk 2013
The second annual Jacque Waller 5K run/walk Saturday, June 1 at Shawnee Park in Cape Girardeau.
Clay Waller Preliminary Hearing
Clay Waller made his first courtroom appearance today, July 25, 2012, since being charged with the murder of his estranged wife Jacque Sue Waller. Jacque was last seen on June 1, 2011 in Jackson.
Jacque Waller 5K Walk/Run
The Jacque Waller 5K Walk/Run and 1-mile Family Fun Walk Saturday, June 2, 2012 at Shawnee Park marked the one-year anniversary of her disappearance.
Jacque Waller candlelight vigil
A vigil marking the two month anniversary of the June 1 disappearance of Jacque Sue Waller was held on Monday, August 1, 2011, at Blue Cross Blue Shield in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Search for Jacque Waller
Around 140 volunteers including people on horseback and several cadaver dogs canvased areas in Cape Girardeau County Saturday, July 23, 2011 in search of Jacque Waller. Waller was last seen on June 1.
Jacque Sue Waller Farmington prayer service
Friends and family members of Jacque Sue Waller attend a prayer service for her Thursday, June 9, 2011 at Farmington High School. Waller, a 39-year-old mother of three has been missing since June 1, 2011.
Jacque Sue Waller prayer service
A prayer service for Jacque Sue Waller was held on Saturday, June 4, 2011, at Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield in Cape Girardeau. Waller, a 39-year-old mother of three, has been missing since Wednesday.
Waller triplets adopted by aunt and uncle (11/13/13)
Adoption of Jacque Waller's triplets by her family became official Tuesday. Jacque Waller was slain June 1, 2011, by her estranged husband, Clay Waller, who is serving a 20-year prison sentence after pleading guilty earlier this year to murder charges. ...
Jacque Waller laid to rest Saturday (06/09/13)
PARK HILLS, Mo. -- A day for which so many who loved her waited so long for came and went Saturday when Jacque Sue Rawson Waller finally was laid to rest. Hundreds turned out for her visitation, funeral and burial in Park Hills, not far from where she grew up, lived and spent her last days with her then-5-year-old triplets before her death June 1, 2011...
Sheriff: Feds will get custody of Clay Waller before prison transfer (06/09/13)
Clay Waller still was being held in the Cape Girardeau County Jail in Jackson on Friday, but he will likely be transferred back into the custody of federal authorities sometime this week before he heads to state prison for his second-degree murder conviction in the death of his estranged wife, Jacque Waller, Sheriff John Jordan said...
Reactions to Waller sentence range from relief to regret (06/07/13)
The father of the one who was lost stood before a crowded room Thursday. "She thought she could control him," said Stan Rawson of his daughter, Jacque Waller. "It was a big mistake. She couldn't." During a news conference after the admission by Clay Waller that he killed his estranged wife, and a 20-year sentence was laid upon him, Jacque Waller's family and the teams of law enforcement who brought her murderer to justice recounted their experiences...
Prosecutor: Without deal, Jacque Waller wouldn't have been found (06/07/13)
Without a plea deal that will see Clay Waller serve at least 85 percent of his 20-year prison sentence, his wife Jacque Waller's body never would have been found, Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Chris Limbaugh said. Limbaugh, speaking at a news conference Thursday after a hearing in which Clay Waller pleaded guilty to killing Jacque Waller on June 1, 2011, said his office consulted with the family before making the deal. He also said Clay Waller will likely serve the entire sentence.
Waller pleads guilty to second-degree murder in wife's death (06/07/13)
Clay Waller pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors. Waller originally had been charged with one count of first-degree murder and two counts of tampering with evidence in connection with the June 1, 2011, disappearance of his estranged wife, Jacque Waller, whose body was found last week in Alexander County, Ill....
Jacque Waller's sister, son give emotional testimony at hearing (06/07/13)
Jacque Waller's sister, and one of her triplets, raked Clay Waller over the coals after his admission of killing his wife Jacque Waller. At a Thursday hearing in which Clay Waller pleaded guilty to killing Jacque Waller and was sentenced to 20 years in prison, Jacque's sister Cheryl Brenneke gave a victim-impact statement. And a recording of an angry message from Jacque and Clay Waller's son Maddox, now 7 years old, to his guilty father was played...
Waller funeral set for Saturday (06/06/13)
Visitation and funeral services for Jacque Waller will be Saturday in Park Hills, Mo., a family member said. Waller's sister, Cheryl Brenneke, said visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Esther Baptist Church, 412 Seventh St. in Park Hills. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Waller's family is requesting donations to either the Jacque ...
Jacque Waller was found in Alexander County, Ill. (06/05/13)
The disappearance of Jacque Waller from one state and the discovery of her body in another could make the person responsible for her disappearance criminally liable in multiple jurisdictions, a legal expert said. Waller disappeared June 1, 2011. Prosecutors announced her remains were found May 29...
Clay Waller to plead guilty (06/05/13)
Security will be tight at a Thursday afternoon hearing where Clay Waller is expected to plead guilty in connection with the death of his estranged wife, a Cape Girardeau County circuit judge reported. Waller faces a charge of first-degree murder and two counts of tampering with evidence in connection with the disappearance of his wife, Jacque Waller, whose body was found last week in Illinois...
Laying out the evidence in the Waller case (06/05/13)
Before Jacque Waller's body was found last week, prosecutors were relying on largely circumstantial evidence in their case against her estranged husband, Clay Waller, who is expected to plead guilty Thursday to first-degree murder and two counts of tampering with evidence in connection with her June 1, 2011, disappearance...
Father's death makes evidence inadmissible in Clay Waller case (06/03/13)
The most damning piece of evidence in the case against the man accused of murdering Jacque Waller may be the one prosecutors can't use: his late father's claim that Clay Waller confessed to breaking his wife's neck and burying her body in a hole he dug ahead of time...
Expert: Authorities have reason to keep quiet about Waller case (06/02/13)
While Judge Benjamin Lewis has not issued a gag order in the Jacque Waller homicide case, legal experts say authorities have good reasons to be tight-lipped in the wake of the discovery of Waller's body last week...
Wet weather doesn't stop Waller run (06/02/13)
A rainy morning couldn't dampen a celebration of life during the second annual Jacque Waller 5k Run and Family Walk on Saturday. The event, held at the Shawnee Park Sports Complex, 1157 S. West End Blvd., marked the second anniversary of Jacque Waller's disappearance June 1, 2011. But after a week that saw the search for Waller come to a close, the occasion had special meaning for her family and friends...
Jacque Waller's remains found (05/31/13)
After two years of searching and waiting, a formal announcement came Thursday: The remains of Jacque Waller were finally discovered. Saturday is the two-year anniversary of the day the Jackson mother of triplets went missing. The Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney's Office issued a news release about 2 p.m. Thursday, which simply stated Jacque Waller's remains were recovered Wednesday.
Jacque Waller's sister expresses 'shock' at news of remains found (05/31/13)
"Just shock" is what Jacque Waller's sister, Cheryl Brenneke, said she felt when she heard her sister's body had been found earlier this week. "You anticipate how you're going to feel for two years," Brenneke said. "You just can't prepare yourself, really. You just can't." Brenneke, who has custody of Jacque and Clay Waller's 7-year-old triplets, Maddox, Avery and Addison, told the children the news Thursday morning -- "that was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life," she said....
Cleveland case gives hope in local missing-person cases (05/08/13)
The discovery Monday in Cleveland of three women who disappeared more than a decade ago has lent hope to families and investigators searching for missing people in Southeast Missouri. Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were found alive in a house near downtown Cleveland, where police said they had been held captive since they were in their teens or early 20s...
Cole County jury to be shipped in for Clay Waller murder trial (10/23/12)
Clay Waller, who faces charges of first-degree murder and two counts of tampering with evidence for his alleged role in the disappearance of his estranged wife Jacque, will go to trial Sept. 9 to 20 at the Cape Girardeau County Courthouse in Jackson...
Search in S. Illinois ‘area of interest' precedes court date for Clay Waller (10/18/12)
The Waller triplets turned 7 Sunday, as volunteers again searched another secluded spot for their missing mother. Their father, meanwhile, remained incarcerated awaiting a court date this week -- and eventually a trial -- on charges that he killed her and disposed of the body...
KFVS12 pool video: Clay Waller plea hearing
Edited KFVS12 pool video: Clay Waller plea hearing
News conference following Clay Waller plea
Jacque Waller's family reacts to Clay Waller plea
ARCHIVE VIDEO: Volunteers search over two weekends for Jacque Waller
ARCHIVE VIDEO: Interview with Jacque Waller's family
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