CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston police Chief Brent Webster and Mayor Danny Jones acknowledged Friday a police officer might have asked a magistrate for leniency for Desmond Demetrius Clark because he provided information to police.
Webster said he wants to speak to all Kanawha County magistrates so he can find out exactly what happened. The chief said he stands by his comments at a news conference on Wednesday where he said Clark was not a paid informant for any agency.
At that news conference, Jones also vehemently denied that Clark was a paid informant. On Friday, he said he wanted to find out the truth.
"We want people on the record," Jones said. "We want to talk to the two magistrates so we can find out if this is actually true. ... We are getting tired of responding to shadows."
Clark, 22, is charged with killing the mother of his child, 19-year-old Na'lisha Fiona Gravely, at a Taco Bell on Charleston's West Side on July 5.
The Charleston Gazette reported Friday that two magistrates said police asked for leniency when setting bond on Clark because he was providing information to police.
Six of 10 Kanawha County magistrates were interviewed for the story. In addition to the two who confirmed that police asked for leniency for Clark, two others confirmed that police asked for leniency on other offenders besides Clark.
A fifth magistrate would say only that Clark had never been in their courtroom. The sixth magistrate said police never asked for leniency for Clark.
Webster said he is talking to all officers who ever arrested Clark to find out what happened when he was taken before magistrates.