Richmond Phillips, a Washington D.C. police officer, was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder and related charges Thursday after a jury deliberated for less than two hours in the Prince George’s County Circuit court. Richmond Phillips, an undercover vice officer, fatally shot his mistress, Wynetta Wright, 20, in May 2011, because he did not want to acknowledge the child he fathered with her and didn’t want to pay child support.
The slaying occurred hours before Phillips was to submit a DNA sample that would ultimately prove he was the father of Wright’s 11-month-old daughter, Jaylin Wright.
After killing Wynetta Wright, prosecutors said, Phillips drove the woman’s SUV to a nearby apartment complex, leaving Jaylin in the vehicle to die in the heat.
As jurors read each successive verdict, some of Wynetta Wright’s relatives sniffled and wiped away tears. Wyvette Wright, her mother, clenched the bench in front of her and nodded, her lips pressed tightly together
D.C. police officer was convicted Thursday of killing his mistress outside a Hillcrest Heights community center, then driving their daughter to a nearby apartment complex and leaving her in a hot SUV to die.
Richmond Phillips, who is scheduled to be sentenced March 22, faces life in prison without parole.
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