Oxford police officer arrested in connection with woman's death

An Oxford police officer has been arrested in connection with the death of a woman.

Posted: May 22, 2019 1:46 PM

OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) - An Oxford police officer has been arrested in connection with the death of a woman.

The Oxford Police Department and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI) held a joint news conference on Tuesday.

VIDEO: Open this link to watch the entire news conference 

Interim Oxford Police Chief Jeff McCutchen identified the police officer as Matthew Kinne, a four-year member of the Oxford Police Department, as well as a member of the police department's mounted patrol.

Oxford police officers responded Sunday afternoon to 1009 Suncrest Drive in Oxford where they found the body of Dominique Clayton, 32.

However, neither law enforcement agency released specific information about the ongoing investigation.

MBI Public Affairs Officer John Poulos said no further comments or statements are to be released at this time in order to not jeopardize the case.

McCutchen said the Oxford Police Department contacted MBI in order to protect the investigation and provide the community with assurance that the investigation would be independent and unbiased.

"To our community, we know that you're hurting, and we want to assure you that we will not hide behind our badge," he said. "This badge stands for truth and justice, and today is about justice for Dominique."

VIDEO: Family member speaks with WTVA about Dominique Clayton

Kinne was taken to the Panola County jail. 

Panola County Sheriff Dennis Darby confirmed the charge is listed as murder. However, District Attorney Ben Creekmore said the officer has not been charged yet. 

According to Creekmore, a decision on whether he will be charged will be made following a probable cause hearing Wednesday in Lafayette County Circuit Court.

The sheriff said the Panola County Sheriff's Office is holding Kinne for the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.

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