|Wynetta Wright and Jaylin|
(Scroll down for video) A police officer was arrested on charges of first degree murder after killing his girlfriend and then leaving her child to die in an overheated car, according to court proceedings in Washington DC.
The District of Columbia police officer, who was involved in a paternity suit, fatally shot his mistress before leaving her newborn to die in an overheated car, prosecutors said as the officer’s murder trial began on Monday.
Richmond Phillips committed the crimes because he faced a paternity suit and did not want to pay support for the child he fathered out of wedlock, the prosecutor, Angela Alsobrooks, told jurors in her opening statement.
A defense lawyer said his client did not do any of this and that there was no evidence for a conviction.
Phillips was arrested after police found the bodies of 20-year-old Wynetta Wright, and her daughter, Jaylin, in a park outside Washington.
Prosecutors said Phillips shot Wright and then drove the child, still strapped into the seat of her mother's car, with the doors locked and windows up, leaving her to die in the sweltering heat. The girl was a few days shy of her first birthday.
When Phillips Wright invited her to join him in the park to try to work things out before a scheduled court date, he had one of only two things in mind, Alsobrooks told jurors.
"He was either going to convince her to drop the paternity suit or he would kill her," Alsobrooks told the court.