July 27, 2021

Former Oxford police officer expected to plead guilty to girlfriend’s 2019 shooting death

Therese Apel

Matthew Kinne

A former police officer accused in the shooting death of his girlfriend is expected to plead guilty on Friday.

Matthew Kinne, who was married at the time, was allegedly involved in an affair with the victim, Dominique Clayton, at the time of her death.

The Oxford Eagle was able to confirm with Lafayette County Circuit Clerk Jeff Busby, assistant district attorney Mickey Mallette and attorney Carlos Moore, who represents the Clayton family that Kinne will plead guilty for a life sentence with no chance of parole.

Clayton was shot in the head as she slept, police said at the time. Her body was found by her 8-year-old son.

Kinne was arrested the next day was fired from Oxford Police Department shortly thereafter. Two other officers resigned in the aftermath of the incident. Police Chief Jeff McCutchen made it clear at the time that if Kinne were guilty, he would not be supported in any way by the department.

Kinne was indicted on a capital murder charge in August of 2019.

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