OXFORD • State investigators are now looking into the activities of Matthew Paul Kinne during his four years with the Oxford Police Department.
The state Attorney General’s Office sent three investigators to Oxford on Friday “to help” with the growing case against Kinne, who is charged with murder for the May 19 death of Dominique Clayton, 32.
On Saturday, an official confirmed that Attorney General Jim Hood’s office is handling the internal affairs investigation of Kinne. They will be looking into Kinne’s activities to see if he broke any state laws, violated any department policies or procedures or had any allegations of professional misconduct. Depending on what the investigators find, the evidence could lead to additional criminal charges, or possibly civil charges.
Hood’s office has also sent victim’s impact workers to talk to Clayton’s family to inform them of the various services and assistance available from state agencies and other groups.
While the Attorney General’s office has several people in Oxford working in and around the case, they are not investigating the shooting death of Clayton, nor will they prosecute Kinne. The murder investigation is still in the hands of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation. Third Circuit Court District Attorney Ben Creekmore will present the evidence to a Lafayette County grand jury and prosecute the case.
Since Clayton’s body was discovered a week ago, the case has evolved quickly, with new information and events popping up daily.
On Sunday, May 19, Oxford police responding to an unresponsive person call found the body of Clayton. When they learned the victim was in a relationship with Kinne, they called in outside agency MBI to take over the case.
Around 9:45 p.m. on Monday May 20, Oxford police and MBI arrested Kinne. He has been held at the Panola County Jail for his safety ever since.
Kinne’s arrest was announced during a press conference at noon Tuesday. Later that night, the Oxford Board of Aldermen met in executive session and fired Kinne from his job.
On Wednesday, May 22, Circuit Court Judge Andrew Howorth presided over Kinne’s initial court appearance. Howorth ruled there was no need for a probable cause hearing and then delayed the bond hearing to allow the state to review the case and then confer with Kinne’s public defender about the possibility of “reasonable” bond. The victim’s family and interim Oxford Police Chief Jeff McCutchen want Kinne held without bond.
On May 23, Howorth ordered Kinne’s case files sealed. Citing criticism by Clayton’s family over the way he handled the Wednesday hearing, Howorth recused himself from the case.
On Friday, Third Circuit Court Judge John Gregory took over the case. He ordered Kinne held without bond. The same day, Kinne retained Ashland-based attorney Anthony Farese for his defense. Clayton’s family hired Grenada-based attorney Carlos Moore to conduct a separate investigation and look into a possible civil lawsuit against the police department or the city of Oxford.