|Who, age||What||Where||When||Last Known Address|
|William Blake Waller, 29||shot, killed family cats in front of his children, wife||
|February 14, 2010|
|Type of Crime||Other Crimes||#/Type of animal(s) involved||Case Status||Next Court Date /Courthouse|
Felony DUI, assault & battery, felon in possession of a firearm
|2 cats||Convicted||Stephens County District Court|
William Blake Waller, 29 was arrested on Feb. 14 by Stephens County Sheriff’s deputies after they arrived at the Waller residence in Central High to investigate a domestic disturbance.
(Photo courtesy of the Stephens County Sheriff's office) Waller has been charged in Stephens County District Court with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, for threatening to kill and bury his wife, and possession of a firearm while under supervision of the Department of Corrections, said Assistant District Attorney Dennis Gay. Waller is on probation for a felony driving under the influence and a condition of that probation is that he can’t be around firearms, Gay noted.
Also, with Waller’s prior conviction, it enhances the punishment for the assault and battery charge, Gay said. When the deputies arrived at the Waller home, they called for Waller to come out of the house, and after three requests, he exited from behind a tarp on the porch, said Stephens County Sheriff Wayne McKinney.
According to the affidavit, Waller was extremely intoxicated and told the officers there was nothing going on at the residence. However, when the deputies entered the home, they found Waller’s ex-wife and children huddled on the floor crying.
Waller had allegedly just shot the family’s cats in front of the children and their mother, McKinney said. Deputies found two dead cats on the property. “She said he threatened to cut her with a knife, kill her and bury her in the field,” McKinney said. “The neighbors need to know about this guy. He did this in front of the children.” The affidavit states that Waller admitted to killing the cats because he doesn’t like them, McKinney said.
A rifle was found on the front seat of his vehicle that was on the property. McKinney said the call came in as a disturbance and that the ex-wife was being held hostage at gunpoint.
Deputies arrested Waller. In court the DAs office recommended a $75,000 bond be set, and the judge granted a $25,000 bond. The assault and battery charge with a dangerous weapon would carry a sentence of up to 10 years, but with the prior felony conviction, if convicted, Waller could face 10 years to life in prison for that single crime. For the second count, possession of a firearm, the sentence is for up to 10 years, Gay said.
Update 3/31/10: Waller entered a guilty plea and was sentenced March 25 to 10 years with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, with five of those suspended.
Waller was originally charged in Stephens County District Court with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, for threatening to kill and bury his wife, and possession of a firearm while under supervision of the Department of Corrections.
The first charge was amended and changed to cruelty to animals after a former conviction of a felony and after he entered his guilty admission, he received a five year suspension on that charge. Waller will have to serve five years in a state correction facility for possession of a firearm while under supervision of the DOC.
Sheriff Wayne McKinney said “He’s going to serve some time in the penitentiary and that’s where he needs to be". “I’m happy with the outcome.” McKinney said that if someone is concerned for their safety as in a domestic violence situation, they should call before it gets out of hand. “We don’t want anyone to get hurt and we’re here to enforce the law,” he said.