White former police officer avoids potential death sentence by pleading guilty to murdering Black woman he dated
Former cop Matthew Kinne accepted a plea deal in the murder of Dominique Clayton. Panola County Sheriff
A former police officer accepted a plea for life imprisonment for the murder of a black woman he was with.
Dominique Clayton was afraid she might be pregnant and Matthew Kinne might hurt her, according to the AP.
The original judge on the case withdrew after Clayton's family raised concerns.
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A former Oxford, Mississippi police officer avoided a potential death sentence by accepting a plea for the murder of a black woman he dated Friday, according to Local24 News in Memphis.
The white Matthew Kinne was sentenced to life imprisonment with no parole. He was arrested in May 2019 and charged with murdering Dominique Clayton the day after her son found her in bed with a gunshot wound to the back of the head.
Clayton's sister previously told Fox13 in Memphis that Clayton and Kinne were having an affair, that he had bought her a car, and that he was planning to buy her a house.
Attorney Carlos Moore, a representative of Clayton's family, told the Associated Press that Clayton told relatives that she was afraid Kinne might hurt her because she told him she might be pregnant.
Chin's attorney, Anthony Farese, told WREG in Memphis that his client murdered Clayton after threatening to expose their affair with his then-wife.
Clayton's children spent the weekend before they were murdered with their uncle, her sister told Fox13. When they returned, Clayton's 8-year-old son was sent in to lure his mother out and scare her with a toy snake on the doorstep. Instead, the boy returned and told his family members that his mother was dead.
At a press conference following the verdict, a family spokesman said Clayton's son had nightmares for months after finding his mother dead, according to Local 24 News reporter Brad Broders.
The judge who oversaw Kinne's first appearance in court, Judge Andrew Howorth, delayed the former official's hearing to allow his defense to meet with prosecutors to discuss the possibility of a loan, according to The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. Howorth withdrew the next day after Clayton's family came into conflict with his behavior during the hearing, and a new judge ordered that Kinne be detained without commitment.
Moore, the Clayton family attorney, called Kinne a "cold-blooded murderer" and said the life sentence was appropriate, according to Broders of Local 24 News.
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