OXFORD, Miss. (WMC) - Former Oxford Police Officer Matthew Paul Kinne appeared in court Monday where he entered a not guilty plea after being charged with murdering a woman while she was asleep in her home.
Kinne is accused of shooting and killing 32-year-old Dominique Clayton who was found with a gunshot wound in the back of her head while she was asleep in her bed, according to her mother and sister.
Kinne was fired from the police force immediately after the shooting and was indicted for the murder last month.
Two other Oxford officers also resigned from the force in the aftermath of Kinne’s arrest, but they were not charged in connection with Clayton’s death.
According to the indictment, Kinne broke into Clayton’s Oxford home on Suncrest Drive in May and shot her while she slept. She was later found by her 8-year-old son.
Further investigation led Oxford officers to believe Kinne and the mother of four were involved with each other in some kind of way. The investigation was turned over to the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.
Family members have said the two were in a romantic relationship.
Loved ones of Dominique Clayton said Monday it's a sigh of relief that former Oxford officer Matthew Kinne was indicted and formally charged in her murder.
A grand jury handed down the indictment in late August.
“He’s going o have to pay for what he did and you know we want justice for her. That’s all we want,” said the victim’s aunt, Carolyn Clayton.
The family also says Calyton’s children are still having trouble coming to terms with the loss of their mother.
“The kids are having a tough time the holidays are fixing to be approaching they’ve never spent a holiday without their mom she’s missing their football seasons and first days of school,” said Reggie Clayton.
The capital murder charge Kinne faces includes the possibility of death or life in prison if he’s convicted.