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Waller trial date set; Cole County jury will hear case

Waller in court on Oct. 22. Waller in court on Oct. 22.
JACKSON, MO (KFVS) -

Clay Waller will stand trial for the murder of his estranged wife Jacque Waller next year, and an outside jury will hear the case.

Waller was in court Monday morning at the Cape Girardeau County Courthouse in Jackson.

Both the prosecution and defense reached an agreement on change of venue.

Judge Benjamin Lewis set aside two weeks in September of 2013 for the trial.

A jury from Cole County, Mo will be brought to Cape County to hear the case.

Jury selection is set to begin in Cole County on September 5, 2013.

Clay Waller faces charges of murder and tampering with evidence in connection with his estranged wife's disappearance. 

Jacque Waller disappeared on June 1, 2011. Her body has not yet been found.

Jacque's parents Stan and Ruby Rawson, and sister Cheryl Brenneke were in the courtroom today as well as family spokesperson Laura Long Helbig.

"We will wait patiently," said Helbig. "Justice takes a long time sometimes, longer than we want it to."

Helbig said the family remains focused on finding Jacque.

"The bottomline is and always has been that we bring her home, " said Helbig.

Stan Rawson, Jacque's dad, wanted to once again thank everyone who continues to work the case and search for his daughter.

"I'm convinced that regardless of when the trial is held that he (Clay Waller) will be convicted," said Stan Rawson.

Clay Waller is currently serving a federal sentence for threatening his wife's sister online.

Look for updates from Crystal Britt on Heartland News and on kfvs12.com throughout the day.

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