OXFORD, Miss. – The mother of a Mississippi murder victim is protesting a prosecutor's discussion of possible bail for the police officer charged with killing her daughter.
Bessie Clayton shouted complaints to reporters after a hearing for Oxford police officer Matthew Kinne (KIHN'-ee) on Wednesday. She says no black person would be considered for bail, but prosecutors and a judge are willing to consider bail for the white man accused of killing her daughter. The victim, 32-year-old Dominique Clayton, was black.
Bessie Clayton also complains that Lafayette County Circuit Judge Andrew Howorth laughed during the hearing. Clayton's relatives began voicing displeasure as they left the courtroom.
A prosecutor tells Howorth he thinks both sides can agree on "reasonable" bail for Kinne. The officer remains jailed in a neighboring county for now.