OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) - The trials of two murder suspects will not take place in April as originally scheduled.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lafayette County Circuit Court will only hear pleas during the term. The court will not hold trials.
Matthew Kinne being escorted to the Lafayette County Courthouse in Oxford on Sept. 30, 2019.
Brandon Theesfeld being escorted to the Lafayette County Courthouse on Sept. 30, 2019.
Former Oxford police officer Matthew Kinne's trial was scheduled for April 28. He is accused of killing Dominique Clayton, 32, at her Oxford home in May 2019.
In September, he pleaded not guilty.
Clayton’s family members said the two had been in a relationship. Kinne had been working as a police officer in Oxford and was fired shortly after his arrest.
Brandon Theesfeld's trial was scheduled for April 10. He pleaded not guilty in the murder of fellow Ole Miss student Ally Kostial. She was found dead on July 20, 2019, in the Harmontown community of Lafayette County.
District Attorney Ben Creekmore said the two trials were on the docket. He said realistically, the cases would have been pushed back anyway.
He said the prosecution will meet with the suspects’ defense attorney to discuss the cases once the COVID-19 pandemic has passed. The same defense attorney represents both men.