D.C. cop gets life sentences for killing his young daughter, her mother

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Local,DC,Crime,Naomi Jagoda

A D.C. police officer who was found guilty of killing his 11-month-old daughter and her mother has been sentenced to two life prison terms plus 20 years, officials said.

Richmond Phillips, 41, was convicted in January of two counts of first-degree murder and other charges in the deaths of 20-year-old Wynetta Wright and their daughter, Jaylin Wright.

During his trial, prosecutors said that Phillips killed the pair because he did not want to pay child support.

The night before Phillips was supposed to give a court a DNA sample for paternity purposes, he met with Wynetta at a park, shot her and dragged her body to a nearby wooded area. He then drove Wynetta's car with Jaylin in it a short distance away and let Jaylin "cook" in the vehicle, prosecutors said.

Phillips is suspended without pay from the District's Metropolitan Police Department, a police spokeswoman said Friday.

njagoda@washingtonexaminer.com

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