"We have a pretty strict adherence to making court hearings, but they do get missed," he said. "I don't know if there is a reasonable explanation or not. We aggressively pursued him every time we dealt with him. ... It's possible the officer was on midnight shift and missed a 10 a.m. hearing."
Even if charges are dropped in magistrate court, prosecutors can still seek an indictment from a circuit court grand jury.
Clark was also arrested twice in January 2007. The first time, he choked Gravely during an argument, according to court records. He was charged with domestic battery and released on a personal recognizance bond.
Two weeks later, Clark allegedly forced Gravely out of her grandmother's home and into his car. The grandmother said Clark pushed her down, and said she saw Clark pull out a gun and shoot it into the air.
He was charged with two counts of wanton endangerment and two counts of burglary. In March 2007, he was placed on home confinement.
A few days later, he cut off his tracking bracelet. He was charged with escape.
In October 2007, Stucky removed Clark from home confinement after Clark's attorney, Rico Moore, argued that the electronic monitoring device was a financial burden on Clark's family and that Clark had an opportunity for employment and needed to support his 2-year-old son, according to court records.
Clark was to be employed as a security guard at Nappy by Nature on Washington Street West, according to a letter supporting the motion written by owner Tina Beatty.
Moore also argued that Clark wanted to attend classes, and that he had been on bond since July 2007 without incident.
Gravely and Clark began dating when she was 16 years old and he was 18.
"There's a lot of teenage girls out that that get infatuated with these young men and with the lifestyle," said the Rev. Lloyd Hill, pastor of Liberty Baptist Church on the East End. "They are in it for love, and unfortunately these young men aren't in it for that. They get trapped."
Hill said he is certain there are a lot of young women in similar situations.
"I would just encourage these young ladies to tell someone. Let someone know," he said. "This is an example of how extreme it can get if you don't."
Men who commit violent crimes against women manipulate those women, Cooper said. Women often don't show up for court dates after husbands or boyfriends beat them up. That happened in this case, Cooper said.
Detectives followed through with the domestic violence cases against Clark and were aggressive in pursuing charges against him, Cooper said.
"She was a young girl that appears to have been manipulated and intimidated by this individual, which makes prosecution extremely difficult," Cooper said. "We can make an arrest very easily if we have probable cause. ... At the end of the day, when all of his constitutional rights had to be met in a court of law, some of the pieces just weren't there.
"In my dealings with him, he has always seemed to feel he is above the law, as if police presence and occasions where police arrested him didn't really faze him," Cooper said. "In my position, I deal with the most violent offenders in the area. And some seem [undeterred] at times as far as committing violence. He has struck me as one of those individuals."