Prosecutors say a D.C. police officer left a child in a hot car following a paternity dispute with his mistress where she was shot dead and the child left inside the car to die, WJLA is reporting.
During opening statements on Monday, Prince George’s County, Md., State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said Richmond Phillips killed the two because he didn’t want to pay child support, according to WJLA.
Phillips allegedly left the child in the hot car on a day when temperatures reached 100-degrees.
Phillips is being tried on two counts of first-degree murder along with child abuse and firearms charges.
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.
The couple’s 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.