Wynetta Wright shot dead; Richmond Phillips charged with first-degree murder, manslaughter

Funeral services were held Friday for a woman and her one-year-old daughter who were allegedly killed by a MPD detective.

Songs of sadness filled the Temple of Praise Friday morning as friends and family, many with heavy hearts, gathered to honor the lives of Wynetta and Jaylin Wright.

The mother and daughter lying together in one casket after their tragic deaths.

“It's indescribable, it hurts my heart to know that she went through that,” said Andrea Smith, the victim’s cousin.

Wynetta Wright’s ex-boyfriend, D.C. police officer Richmond Phillips, is charged with murdering her and her daughter, Jaylin.

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Family recall mother

Friends and family describe the 20-year-old mother as sweet, outgoing and determined. She was a member of the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Explorer program and one day had a dream of becoming a sheriff’s deputy.

Many who attended the funeral say it’s still hard to wrap their heads around the horrific crime that happened to the mother and daughter.

Phillips, 39, is charged with killing Wright. He is also facing manslaughter charges in the death of Jaylin Wright. Phillips was ordered held without bond.

Wynetta Wright, who was found dead Thursday, was killed by a shot in the head. Her 1-year-old daughter Jaylin Wright died of heat exposure inside a car, autopsies of the two bodies have revealed.

Phillips, the father of Jaylin, has been a vice detective with the Metropolitan Police Department since 2003. He worked as a narcotics officer.

Phillips is apparently married to another woman and already has a 12-year-old daughter.

Police claim they have video evidence that, before Phillips shot and killed Wynetta Wright and left her baby girl to die in a hot car, the couple spent seven hours talking at a picnic table.

It was the night before a paternity and child support hearing and friends say Phillips had asked Wright to come to a park to talk just before 11 p.m. last Monday.

Baby left to die in car in 100-degree heat

Police believe Phillips lured Wright to the woods behind a Hillcrest Heights community center Monday night and killed her. He then left the baby to die strapped in her car seat in 100-degree heat, police believe.

Police say that Wynetta was found lying in Oxon Run Stream Valley Park in the 2300 block of Oxon Run Drive on Thursday. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Shortly thereafter, Jaylin was found abandoned and dead in a vehicle in the 2400 block of Southern Avenue.

“It's a tragic incident obviously. We would hope that no one would have to endure this type of incident and anybody that's guilty of it needs to be punished to the fullest extent of the law,” said Lt. Col. Gary Cunningham.

Phillips’ mother: ‘I didn’t raise him like that’

Ruth Phillips tells ABC7 News she doesn't believes her son commited the crime he is charged with.

"He's a policeman and why would he do something stupid like that?” said Ruth Phillips. "I didn't raise him like that. I didn't raise none of my sons like that," she added.

She said Phillips is a married father and she knew nothing of the Wrights. "Well, the officer was asking me, did I know a Jaylin Wright. I said ‘I only have one granddaughter,’” Ruth Phillips said.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier called the homicides a "horrific crime."

"As we have seen all too often, domestic violence has its impact on the most innocent victims," Lanier said in a statement. Police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump says that Phillips’ police powers have been revoked.

A large number of police officers were investigating at the two locations along the border between D.C. and Prince George’s County in connection with the case.

Police say Wright was last seen in the 2900 block of Oxon Run Drive on Monday, May 30th. Wright's mother told police that Jaylin's father had called Wynetta and asked her to meet him at the community center around 10 p.m.

She says Wynetta and the child's father were scheduled to attend a custody hearing the next day. Wright's green Saturn SUV was recovered in a parking lot near the intersection of 24th Street SE and Southern Avenue.

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