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