A Dayton police officer, sentenced to 15 years to life for murdering a police informant will appear before the parole board in November. Roger Waller, now 57 years old, was a 13-year veteran of the Dayton Police Department when the murder took place.
The informant, 52-year old Lawrence "Teddy Bear" Hileman was shot and killed on September 15, 1988. Waller used a fully automatic Mac-11 .380 caliber sub-machine gun in the slaying. This type of machine-gun were banned by law in 1986, but there was an exemption for law enforcement or government agencies. Even though Waller operated a gun shop out of his home, he needed a signature from a police official in order to purchase the gun. James Newby, then chief of police in Dayton signed-off on the purchase. The family of Hileman attempted to sue Newby, but a federal appeals court ruled he could not be held liable in the wrongful death suit. The former chief was also asked by Waller to sign the permit, but refused unless Waller rendered the gun un-fireable and only used it for display.
Waller, off duty and accompanied by his friend Dennis Michael went to a house where Michael claimed drugs were being sold. Waller was carrying his department issued 9mm handgun and the MAC-11. Michael, although not a police officer, was carrying a shotgun. They were let into the house by the victim and Waller identified himself as "drug enforcement," and demanded to know where the drugs were. Another man, Jerry Smith was also in the house and both men denied being drug dealers. As Waller turned to face Hileman, the machine-gun he was carrying discharged, striking Hileman. Waller and Michael then fled the house, but not before Michael shot the other man, Smith, twice with the shotgun.
Waller's position with the department did not authorize him to conduct any type of drug investigation beyond simply conducting surveillance. Waller claimed the shooting was an accident. He was convicted of murder and felonious assualt and sentenced to 15-years to life plus a 3-year gun specification. Michael was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and felonious assault.
Anyone interested in sending a letter to the Ohio Parole Board concerning Waller's appearance before the board, should send all correspondence to: Ohio Parole Board, Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, 770 West Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43222. Make sure to include Waller's name and his inmate number, which is A218319.