OXFORD, Miss. (localmemphis.com) – There were explosive moments Wednesday afternoon inside and outside a Lafayette County, Mississippi courtroom, as an Oxford Police officer accused of killing his mistress faced a judge for the first time.
Officer Matthew Kinne is charged with shooting Dominique Clayton in the head. Several of Clayton’s family members told Local 24 News Kinne and Clayton were in a lengthy affair.
Our cameras showed dozens of Clayton’s loved ones showing passion inside a cramped hallway. They then took their emotions outside.
“We need help in Oxford,” Bessie Clayton, the mother of Dominique Clayton said. “We need intervention in Oxford. There is no justice for black people.”
Minutes before that fiery display, supporters of the 32-year-old mother filled rows of the courtroom. They watched as the man accused of killing Clayton, Oxford Police Officer Matthew Kinne, made his first court appearance.
“(Mr. Kinne is) …..very emotional,” Public Defender Tiffany Kilpatrick said.
Family members said Officer Kinne and Clayton were involved in a romantic affair for at least a year.
“He bought her car, he paid all her bills. Everything she wanted he got,” Carolyn Clayton, the aunt of Dominique Clayton, said.
Clayton’s loved ones said she tried to break off the affair but couldn’t.
Clayton’s son found her lifeless body with a gunshot wound to her head, Sunday inside her Oxford home.
“She cried for this man to leave her alone. He wouldn’t leave her alone. He rather have her dead than somebody else to have her,” Carolyn Clayton said.
Wednesday afternoon, the interim Oxford police chief expressed his support for the victim and her loved ones.
“We are with the Clayton family,” Interim Oxford Police Chief Jeff McCutchen said. “We support them, and we don’t want a bond. Matthew Kinne committed murder and we do not want him out.”
No one answered at Officer Kinne’s home Wednesday, but a neighbor said he was shocked to learn of the murder accusation.
Officer Kinne is expected to have a bond hearing in the next week or so.