A 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.
Jurors in Prince George’s County Circuit Court deliberated for less than two hours before convicting Richmond Phillips, 40, of two counts of first-degree murder and related charges.
Prosecutors had accused the married, undercover vice officer of fatally shooting 20-year-old Wynetta Wright in May 2011 because he did not want to acknowledge his child or pay her 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.