October 26, 2020

Family suggests Oxford police officer accused of murder had motive, killing was premeditated

The family of a woman who was allegedly murdered by a Mississippi police officer wants $5 million in damages from the city who employed him, but their demand letter may also shed light into the murder case, indicating a possible motive and suggesting it was premeditated.

The family of Dominique Clayton, who was allegedly murdered by an Oxford Police officer, made a formal request this week for $5 million from the City of Oxford.

Carlos Moore, the attorney representing the Dominique Clayton family, sent the notice of claim to Oxford City Hall and the Oxford Police Department. The letter is believed to be the first step towards filing a wrongful death lawsuit.

In the letter, Moore alleges that Matthew Kinne was on-duty at the time he entered Clayton’s home and allegedly murdered the 32-year-old around 1:45 a.m. on May 19. The letter also states Kinne was in uniform at the time of Clayton’s death.

Clayton’s body was found by her 8-year-old son, Jadarious, around 2 p.m. on May 19 when OPD received a call to her Brittany Woods subdivision residence. Kinne was arrested on May 20 and subsequently terminated from the OPD on May 21 by the Oxford Board of Aldermen.

Moore’s letter also mentions a relationship between Kinne and Clayton and the former police officer would ‘frequently’ visit Clayton in the middle of the night.

“He would arrive at around 1:30 a.m. and 2 a.m. and leave around 4 a.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday,” the letter read. “Prior to her death, Ms. Clayton informed Officer Kinne of the possibility that she was pregnant.”

The implication being that Kinne, who is married, may have killed Clayton in attempt to cover up a potential pregnancy.

Five days before Clayton’s death, the letter states Kinne visited her ‘unexpectedly’ and she expressed concern to her sister that Kinne might hurt her in some way. On May 16, Kinne forced Clayton to get rid of her dogs, per the letter, further suggesting he may have been preparing the stage for her murder.

Moore also mentions other OPD officers caused ‘undue stress’ on Clayton’s mother, Betsy, and other family members by initially telling them Dominique had committed suicide. A gun was not found in Clayton’s home or anywhere else at the crime scene.

On June 4, the city accepted the resignation of two former OPD officers, Collins Bryant and Ryan Winters. Moore said the two officers submitted their resignations ‘under duress’ on May 23. On May 24, Oxford Mayor Robyn Tannehill asked Mississippi attorney general Jim Hood’s office to conduct an internal investigation into the OPD on behalf of the city.