Clay Waller Charged in Death of his Wife
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The husband of a southeast Missouri woman who has been missing for nearly a year is now charged with first-degree murder. Cape Girardeau County prosecutor Morley Swingle filed the murder charge Monday against 41-year-old Clay Waller, even though the body of his estranged wife, Jacque Waller, has never been found.
Swingle says he will not seek the death penalty. Waller is also charged with tampering with evidence.
Waller is already serving in federal prison for threatening Jacque Waller's sister in an online posting. He did not have a listed attorney.
Jacque Waller was 39. The mother of triplets who are now 5 years old disappeared on June 1. In a statement, her father, Stan Rawson, says there is some relief in knowing that charges have been filed.