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Clay Waller in federal custody, moved to LA

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Clay Waller at his hearing on June 6, 2013. Clay Waller at his hearing on June 6, 2013.
JACKSON, MO (KFVS) -

Confessed murderer Clay Waller has been moved from the Cape Girardeau County Jail to a federal facility in Louisiana.

He was sentenced to 20 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections last week after he pleaded guilty to a second degree murder charge for killing his estranged wife Jacque in a plea deal. No word on where he will officially carry out his federal sentence.

As part of the plea deal, Waller led authorities to Jacque's body.

He told officials he struck Jacque in the head and face with his fist, put his forearm on her neck, and suffocated her with all of his body weight.

When the judge asked him where he did it, he said at his house in Jackson on Woodland Drive.

"We got into an argument," Clay Waller said. "I lost my temper and I caused her death."

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

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.

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