UPPER MARLBORO, Md. - Prince George's County prosecutors say a D.C. police officer shot his mistress and left their infant child to "cook" in an overheated car.
State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said during opening statements Monday that Richmond Phillips committed the crimes because he was involved in a paternity dispute with the woman and didn't want to pay child support.
Phillips was arrested in June 2011 after the body of 20-year-old Wynetta Wright was found in a park where the two had met. Their child, Jaylin, who was days shy of her first birthday, was found dead in her car seat with the doors closed and windows rolled up.
Defense lawyer Brian Denton told jurors his client is innocent and that the evidence is circumstantial.
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