NEW ALBANY, Miss — Friday afternoon, an ex-police officer in Mississippi accused of killing his former girlfriend agreed to a plea deal that would keep him off death row.
In a New Albany, Mississippi, courtroom, former Oxford Police officer Matthew Kinne pleaded guilty to capital murder in the death of Dominique Clayton. The judge sentenced Kinne to life without parole was part of the plea bargain.
Authorities said Kinne killed 32-year-old Dominique Clayton, breaking into her house and shooting her in the head in May 2019. Clayton's son discovered her lifeless body.
After Kinne's first court appearance, Clayton's family members said she and Kinne were romantically involved for more than a year, and that she had tried to break off the affair but couldn’t.
Clayton's family is scheduled to address the media at 3:00 p.m.