Murder victim's family seeks $5 million from City of Oxford

The family of Dominique Clayton is seeking $5 million from the City of Oxford following her death in May. A former police officer is accused of murdering her.

Posted: Jun 10, 2019 4:26 PM
Updated: Jun 10, 2019 6:52 PM

OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) - The family of Dominique Clayton is seeking millions of dollars in damages from the City of Oxford following her death in May.

Clayton, 32, was found dead at her Oxford home on May 19.

Dominique Clayton

Matthew Kinne

Attorney Carlos Moore is representing the family of Dominique Clayton.

An Oxford police officer, Matthew Kinne, was arrested and has been charged with her murder.

The city fired Kinne from the Oxford Police Department shortly after his arrest.

Clayton’s mother, Betsy Clayton, has since retained legal representation from The Cochran Firm, which is based in Grenada.

According to Attorney Carlos Moore, Oxford police officers caused “undue stress on Betsy Clayton and other family members by initially stating Dominique Clayton committed suicide although a gun was not found on scene.”

The family’s claims include gross negligence, negligent/intentional infliction of emotional distress, reckless disregard, and negligent/gross negligent supervision, hiring, training and retention of the officer/individual in question.

The family demands an amount in excess of $5 million for compensatory and/or punitive damages.

In Moore's letter to the City of Oxford, he states that Kinne and Clayton had been in a relationship prior to her death, and Kinne would often go to Clayton's home while on duty and in his police uniform.

Clayton told Kinne she could possibly be pregnant, Moore states.

Clayton later told her sister she was concerned Kinne may hurt her, the letter states.

Moore claims Kinne entered Clayton's home after midnight, while she was asleep, and murdered her. Moore also claims Kinne was on duty at the time and was in his police uniform. 

Clayton's family claims she was shot in the head. 

Her 8-year-old son discovered her body later that day, Moore states.

Oxford Mayor Robyn Tannehill met with Clayton's family on Friday and expressed her support for the family.

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