TACOMA -- While Pierce County's elected prosecutor claims a decision by Arkansas authorities cleared the way for accused cop killer Maurice Clemmons' release from jail, Arkansas corrections officials say they issued a warrant in October that could have kept him confined.
On parole for various felony convictions in Arkansas, Clemmons was briefly jailed in May after allegedly punching a police officer during an incident at his Parkland home. He was again booked into jail in July on a series of allegations, including that he'd raped a 12-year-old girl at his home.
Clemmons' confinement was initially guaranteed by a no-bail warrant issued by the Arkansas Department of Community Corrections after he missed a Pierce County court date. That warrant was later dropped and Clemmons was released after posting bail on Nov. 23, days before he allegedly gunned down four Lakewood Police officers at a coffee shop.
Speaking Monday, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist faulted Arkansas officials for dropping the warrant, noting that his department's decision not request an increase in Clemmons' $190,000 bail would "be a moot point if the no-bail hold was still in effect."
Responding to the criticism, Arkansas Department of Community Corrections spokeswoman Rhonda Sharp said her agency issued a second warrant in October that could have seen Clemmons continue to be detained.