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The Latest: Mississippi officer charged with murder

May 22, 2019

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on a Mississippi police officer charged with killing a woman (all times local):

9:30 p.m.

A court document shows a north Mississippi police officer has been charged with murder in the death of a woman he was romantically involved with.

Lafayette Circuit Judge Andrew Howorth on Tuesday signed the order saying Oxford Police Officer Matthew Kinne (KIHN’-ee) has been charged with murder by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.

Kinne is accused of killing 32-year-old Dominque Clayton, who was found dead Sunday.

Howorth is setting a Wednesday hearing to consider whether a law requiring probable cause to arrest a police officer applies in Kinne’s case. The extra step before an arrest is only required when police officers and certain other public employees are accused of crimes while on duty. Howorth’s order says it is alleged that Kinne was not performing law enforcement duties when he’s accused of killing Clayton.

Howoth says he’ll also consider whether he should set bail for Kinne.

Kinne is jailed in neighboring Panola County. Howorth directed that Kinne be appointed a lawyer.

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2:20 p.m.

A north Mississippi police officer has been arrested in connection with the killing of a woman, but officials aren’t saying what they’re charging him with.

Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman Capt. Johnny Poulos says Oxford Police Officer Matt Kinne (KIHN’-ee) was arrested Monday night in the killing of 32-year-old Dominque Clayton.

Poulos made the announcement Tuesday flanked by interim Oxford Police Chief Matt McCutcheon.

Kinne is jailed in neighboring Panola County. It’s unclear if he’s been formally charged with anything, has seen a judge, has a lawyer or has been given bail. McCutcheon and Poulos aren’t immediately responding to messages seeking comment.

McCutcheon says police learned shortly after Clayton was found dead Sunday she was “possibly involved” with Kinne, leading them to call state investigators.

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