Following a ten-month investigation, the Cape Girardeau County prosecutors this morning filed first-degree murder charges against Clay Waller, the man long suspected of murdering
his estranged wife, Jacque Sue Waller.
The probable cause statement issued today is the most complete telling ever of the murder investigation and a gripping and tragic read. The seven-page document (viewable below) outlines how the mother of triplets spent her last last hours before going missing and the strange and contradictory stories that 41-year-old Waller told investigators.
Prosecutors believe Waller killed his wife June 1, 2011, inside a home he was living in in Jackson, Missouri. Police investigating the house days after Jacque's disappearance found blood splatter on the walls and on a hallway carpet that Waller had hidden 50-feet into a shallow crawl space in the basement of the house.
Jacque Waller before her disappearance.
DNA evidence taken from the carpet and walls matched Jacque's blood. The chance it belonged to anyone else is 1 in 7 quadrillion.
Clay Waller is currently serving a five-year federal sentence for threatening Jacque's sister over the Internet. The first-degree murder charge leveled at him today carries a minimum of life in prison without parole. Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty. He's also charged with concealing her body, which has never been found, and hiding the blood-soaked carpet, which he has admitted to. Those crimes carry sentences of four years each. Waller Probable Cause