Man in prison for wife's killing arraigned on federal charge

9 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 3:46:42 PM CDT in News
By: The Associated Press

CAPE GIRARDEAU (AP) — A former Missouri man serving a 20-year sentence for killing his estranged wife and burying her body on a Mississippi River island has pleaded not guilty to a related federal charge.

Forty-five-year-old Clay Waller was arraigned Tuesday in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, on a count of interstate domestic violence. A judge assigned Waller to be represented by a public defender, denied Waller bond and scheduled his next court appearance for Aug. 11.

The indictment alleges Waller traveled between Illinois and Missouri in mid-2011 intending to kill his estranged wife, Jacque Waller.

That 39-year-old mother of triplets went missing in June 2011. Two years later, Clay Waller led police to a shallow island grave near Alexander County, Illinois.

The federal count is punishable by up to life in prison.

 

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