"The ones I have talked to have said no, no, no, he is not any kind of source for me," Webster said. "This is a street guy. He is not going to do something for nothing. ... I want to find out what [the magistrates] meant by 'providing information.'"
Discussion between police and magistrates about setting bail for defendants happens all the time, he said.
There are a lot of instances in this case where Clark could have been put in jail and was not, Jones said.
"The least culpable in all of this is the Charleston Police Department, if there is a lapse in this whole long chain of events," the mayor said. "I think there are a whole set of 'if onlys.'"
A similar incident happened Friday, Webster said. On Friday morning, William Eugene Allen Jr. was charged with two counts of domestic battery.
A magistrate released him on a personal recognizance bond, Webster said. A few hours later, Allen was arrested again, Webster said.
Such instances need to not happen in the future, he said.
"I just know that a couple of officers called upset about it," Webster said. "There is frustration on all counts."
Staff writer Kellen Henry contributed to this report. Reach Gary Harki at gha...@wvgazette.com or 348-5163.