Family of woman murdered by police officer files civil lawsuit against City of Oxford

Published: Aug. 5, 2021 at 11:04 AM CDT
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OXFORD, Miss. (WMC) - The family of a woman who was murdered by an Oxford police officer is suing the city alleging her civil rights were violated.

Former Oxford police officer Matthew Kinne accepted a plea deal just a week ago in connection to the 2019 murder of 39-year-old Dominique Clayton. Her family says the two were in a relationship at the time of her death.

Kinne accepted a plea deal on a capital murder charge that will keep him behind bars for the rest of his life.

Now, Clayton’s family is suing the City of Oxford and Kinne for her murder.

The family and their attorneys gathered at the Lafayette County Courthouse Thursday, saying Clayton’s fourth and 14th amendment rights were violated. They cited Kinne’s interview early in the investigation that he was performing a welfare check when he went to her house. They say he was acting as a police officer -- in his police uniform, with his police-issued gun and in his police car -- when he murdered Clayton.

The family’s attorneys also say Oxford police should’ve never hired Kinne because he was forced to resign as a officer in Olive Branch where he previously worked.

The attorneys said any money collected as a result of the civil suit would go into a trust fund for Clayton’s children, the oldest of which was 14 when she died.

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