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.

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