OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) - A circuit court judge has recused himself from future hearings that will involve former police officer and alleged killer, Matthew Kinne.
Judge Andrew Howorth signed the order Thursday afternoon, freeing him from overseeing the case.
Judges and attorneys often recuse themselves from participating in cases to avoid a conflict of interest.
Howorth oversaw Kinne’s first court appearance following his arrest for allegedly murdering Dominique Clayton.
According to the order, Clayton's family members requested his removal from the case.
Howorth stated family members made comments about the case and the investigation, and those were reported by the media.
He stated in the interest of helping the trial move forward and for fairness, he is stepping aside.
At this time, a judge has not been named to take over the case.
Howorth also ordered that Kinne’s court file be sealed, blocking it from public viewing.