Clay Waller's son fights with a witness at pre-trial


Reporter - Julie Collins
Photojournalist - Chad Darnall

Editor's note: script updated with information from the courtroom

JACKSON, Mo. — Clay Waller was in court Wednesday for his preliminary hearing. He is charged with his missing wife's death.

Waller is accused of killing Jacque Waller after the two completed a meeting with their divorce attorney. Her body has never been found.

A total of 18 witnesses were called in the seven hours of Wednesday's hearing.

Those witnesses include a divorce lawyer, Jacque's sister Cheryl Brenneke, Jacque's boyfriend, two of Clay Wailer's ex-girlfriends, several officers who have investigated the case, a handful of Clay's neighbors and his landlord.

Most of the testimony focused on June 1, 2011, the day Jacque went missing. An FBI agent recounted the day he examined the bloody carpet found in Clay Waller's crawlspace.

He said Jacque's DNA showed up on the carpet and walls on the home's hallway.

During a 10 minute break outside the courtroom, Clay's son JC Waller got into a fist fight with a witness. He told Local 6 he was upset with what Clay's former co-worker, Matt Marshall, said on the stand, calling him a liar.

The two fought for a minute until police came outside. Both were taken into custody and later released. Charges are pending an investigation.

Jacque Waller's father, Stan Rawson, did not see the fight but understands why it may have happened. He also said the prosecution did a wonderful job today and they look forward to justice.

Judge Gary Kamp did not make a decision on whether there was enough evidence to head to trial He said he wants to take some time to think about it.

Waller is serving a five-year federal prison sentence after pleading guilty to threatening his sister-in-law over the Internet.