By Alyssa Schnugg
The law firm representing the mother and family members of Dominique Clayton who was murdered last month has submitted an insurance claim to the city of Oxford in the amount of $5 million.
On Monday, Carlos Moore with The Cochran Firm-MS Delta submitted the claim to the city clerk and Interim Police Chief Jeff McCutchen via a letter.
In the claim letter, Moore alleges that then-Oxford Police Officer Matthew Kinne, who has been arrested and charged with Clayton’s murder – shot and killed Clayton at about 1:45 a.m. while Clayton was asleep in her Brittany Woods home. The letter alleges Kinne was on duty and in uniform when he committed the crime. Clayton’s body was discovered around 1 or 2 p.m. May 20 by her 8-year-old son.
The letter claims Kinne often visited Clayton around 1:30 a.m. and left around 4 a.m. several days of the week. The letter also makes a claim that Clayton thought she was pregnant by Kinne. After she allegedly informed Kinne she might be pregnant, Moore says Kinne came to Clayton’s home around May 14 and that Clayton expressed worry and concern for her safety to family members.
“Two days later, on May 16, 2019, Officer Kinne forced Ms. Clayton to get rid of her dogs,” the claim letter states.
Moore also alleges that the Clayton family was caused undue stress after an unknown number of officers told the Clayton family that it appeared Clayton had committed suicide even though a gun was not found on the scene.
Moore demanded at least $5 million for the family’s mental and emotional pain and anguish and demanded the city submit the claim to its liability carrier.
Oxford Mayor Robyn Tannehill said the city did receive the Notice of Claim and could not comment on potential litigation issues.
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