Family and Oxford police outrage over delayed bond hearing

The family of Dominique Clayton voiced anger after a judge delayed the bond hearing for her alleged killer.

Posted: May 22, 2019 6:15 PM
Updated: May 22, 2019 11:28 PM

OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) - The family of Dominique Clayton voiced anger after a judge delayed the bond hearing for her alleged killer.

Matthew Kinne, who is a four-year veteran of the Oxford Police Department, is accused of murdering Clayton on May 19 at her home in Oxford.

Matthew Kinne is accused of killing Dominique Clayton.

Dominique Clayton's mother, Bettie Clayton, spoke with reporters about the judge's decision.

Interim Oxford Police Chief Jeff McCutchen | Photo: WMC-TV

During his Wednesday afternoon court appearance, Circuit Judge Andy Howorth announced Kinne’s bond hearing would be delayed until next week at the earliest.

Tiffany Kilpatrick, Kinne's court-appointed attorney, said the judge's decision to push the bond hearing is a part of criminal law.

"The judge is allowing us to work it out," she said. "That's day-in and day-out criminal law. That's how most cases are handled."

But Bessie Clayton, the mother, called the decision a joke and stated she only wants justice for her daughter.

Other family members and friends expressed similar emotions.

Those emotions continued outside the courtroom.

Interim Oxford Police Chief Jeff McCutchen issued a statement following the court appearance.

“As I said in my earlier statement, we are frustrated with today’s hearing regarding the issue of bond. There is NO ‘reasonable’ bond, which can be set in this case. Matthew Kinne should not be released. He is a danger to our community and should not be released. We share in the frustrations of the community, stand with, and support the Clayton Family. This is about justice for Dominique Clayton.”

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