The Office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri honors local law enforcement for their efforts in the investigation and prosecution of James Clay Waller, II for the murder of his wife, Jacque Waller.

During an awards ceremony several agencies were honored for several different cases.

The Office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, presented an award to Captain David James of the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Office and other local law enforcement officers today for distinguished service in recognition of their superior efforts in the investigation and prosecution of U.S. v James Clay Waller, II.

“James Clay Waller, II, had verbally and physically abused his wife Jacque repeatedly over their 17-year marriage. He threatened… her that if she ever filed for divorce she would be signing her own death warrant. Jacque Sue Waller was an outgoing, beautiful, loving women with five-year-old-triplets. The Wallers separated in 2010 and Jacque finally got up the nerve to contact a divorce attorney, and arrange for her and her husband to meet with the attorney at 3:00 pm, on June 1, 2011. The day before the meeting, Waller dug Jacques grave in a deserted area of the Illinois river bank known as Devil’s Island.”

The events of the following day, including the brutal murder of Jacque Waller by her husband, James Clay Waller II, will forever be etched into this community’s history and hearts. It was through the tireless efforts of many, including Captain David James that this true monster of a human being was brought to justice.

Captain David James has thirty five years of experience as a commissioned law enforcement officer, with twenty six of those as a criminal investigator. Thank you Captain James for your continued service and congratulations on your well-deserved award.

By Crystal Britt | KFVS