Former Mississippi Police Officer To Plead Guilty In Killing Black Woman He Says He Was In Relationship With
Matthew Kinne was charged with killing Dominique Clayton in her sleep.
July 29, 2021 at 3:02 pm
A former Mississippi police officer will take a plea deal this week for the death of a Black woman he was allegedly having an affair with, the Oxford Eagle reports.Matthew Kinne had been waiting for his trial for almost two years after being arrested and charged with killing Dominique Clayton who was shot to death in her home in 2019.
Lafayette County Circuit Clerk Jeff Busby, assistant district attorney Mickey Mallette and attorney Carlos Moore, who represents the Clayton family all confirmed that Kinney will now take a plea deal. He'll serve a life sentence in prison without the possibility of parole.
Clayton was found dead by one of her children in her bedroom on May 19, 2019. The officials of the Lafayette County Coroner's office confirmed that Clayton’s death was due to a gunshot wound to the head.
The following day, Kinne was arrested and three days later was fired from the Oxford Police Department. Additionally, two other officers resigned from the department in the wake of Clayton's death.
Tony Farese, Kinne’s attorney, expressed that his client is truly remorseful for what took place.
“He’s remorseful,” Farese told WREG. “This was a situation where he literally got to the point where he broke.”
Farce also added that Kinne was romantically involved with Clayton, claiming that she threatened to tell his wife about the affair.
SAY HER NAME. DOMONIQUE “Lucy” CLAYTON.— vanessa (23%) (@laughtering_) June 3, 2020
She was murdered by a cop in Oxford, MS. His name is Matthew Kinne.
He shot my aunt while she was sleeping in her bed (AFTER convincing her to get rid of her dogs). My 8 year old nephew found her shot in the back of the head.
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“This has been a law-abiding citizen, a law enforcement officer, he had no prior history and he literally got pushed to the brink of breaking and he committed a crime of passion,” Farese said.
Members of Clayton's family also said the two were involved in a relationship but when she attempted to end it, Kinne killed her.
In June 2019, the Clayton family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the City of Oxford and the Oxford Police Department for $5 million in the aftermath of Clayton’s death. To date, no public information has been released regarding the status of the family’s lawsuit.
A Grand Jury in Lafayette County indicted Kinne on a capital murder charge in August 2019. He pleaded not guilty during an arraignment held in September 2019.
Kinne is expected to be sentenced on Friday at the Union County Courthouse in New Albany.