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Clay Waller moved from FL prison to MO to serve time for murder

Clay Waller (Source: Missouri Department of Corrections) Clay Waller (Source: Missouri Department of Corrections)
Jacque Waller Jacque Waller
CALLAWAY COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

Convicted murderer Clay Waller was transferred from a federal prison in Florida to Missouri.

According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Waller was released on Friday, Dec. 4.

He was serving time on a federal internet charge for threatening Jacque Waller's sister on Topix.

Waller received a five year sentence for the crime.

The Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Office says he was transported back to Missouri to serve his state sentence for the murder of his wife, Jacque Waller.

Waller was picked up at a federal prison in Florida.

The sheriff's office reports Waller was held in Cape Girardeau before being transported to the Fulton Department of Corrections.

Waller pleaded guilty in 2013 to a second degree murder charge for killing Jacque.

Jacque Waller, mother of triplets, went missing June 1, 2011. Her buried remains were discovered almost two years later.

Court documents show Waller was sentenced to 20 years in state prison for the crime.

Background info

Waller initially pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and tampering with evidence in Jacque's disappearance. That changed when investigators found Jacque's body. The remains of Jacque Waller were recovered by law enforcement on Wednesday, May 29, 2013.

Investigators say Jacque Waller and Clay Waller got into a fight at a home he was staying in on June 1, 2011.

The homeowner and a neighbor told police they saw Jacque's Honda Pilot where Clay Waller was staying, and later saw Clay leave in his truck pulling a boat.

Jacque's SUV was later found abandoned on Interstate 55 just south of Fruitland the next day.

Law enforcement, friends, and volunteers have organized many searches for Jacque's body, but had found little clues about where her body was located.

In fact, police say family friend Bob Sherill was right beside that spot with cadaver dogs, but Jacque was deep enough and the soil was acidic and sandy that the dogs did not pick it up. The Major Case Squad team was right on top of it literally in the area where she was found at one point during one of the many searches.

Officials explain how they found Jacque

Police say they do not believe that Waller had any accomplices. Police say, however, that there are a few unanswered questions from Waller.

Jacque was killed sometime in the afternoon of June 1, 2011 and then she was taken over to Illinois later that evening in a trash can in his truck and then in a boat.

Her body was found south and east of a channel between Devil's Island and the main bank of the Mississippi River on private land in Alexander County, Ill.

[See this enlarged image of the map of where Jacque's body was found.]

She was buried about six feet deep in sand. Police say it was in an isolated location hard to get to by land.

A prosecutor says Waller admitted that he pre-dug the hole Jacque was buried in. Cell phone information confirms he flew over the area after he dug the hole and sent lots of text messages to Jacque to get her to lower her guard.

Cape Girardeau County Sheriff John Jordan says Waller tricked Jacque into coming to Waller's house by saying their son Maddox was there. The boy was actually staying with Waller's girlfriend in Illinois.

Click here to see complete coverage from when Jacque Waller went missing, to Clay Waller's arrest and conviction and more.

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