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Monday, June 6, 2011

[US] DC Vice Officer Phillips charged with murdering Wynetta Wright. Little Jaylin's 1 year birthday is in heaven today.

Wynetta and Jaylin Wright.

IMPORTANT UPDATE:
"FUNERAL SERVICES FOR WYNETTA & JAYLIN WRIGHT
HAVE BEEN CHANGED ON FRIDAY TO A NEW LOCATION: TEMPLE OF PRAISE, 700 SOUTHERN AVE SE WASHINGTON,DC 20032 @10AM-1PM. ALSO THE FUND HAS BEEN CHANGED TO A NEW ADDRESS DUE TO THE FAMILY CHANGING FUNERAL HOMES AS WELL. THE FUNDS TOWARDS THE WYNETTA WRIGHT & JAYLIN WRIGHT FUND CAN BE SENT TO THE PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPT. C/O: WYVETTE WRIGHT 5303 CHRYSLER WAY UPPER MARLBORO,MD 20772.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!!"

Jaylin Ariel Wright would have been one today. Jaylin's mother, 20 year old Wynetta Wright, had been participating for two years in the Prince George’s sheriff’s Explorers program in pursuit of her goal to be a deputy. Both their lives were stolen the night before Wynetta was to attend a hearing to establish paternity, child support, and health insurance for Jaylin. The night before the hearing Wynetta got a call from DC Metro Police Vice Detective Richmond Phillips to meet in an isolated spot - Oxon Run Stream Valley Park in Temple Hills. She was hopeful that this was the beginning of his wanting to start a relationship with the daughter he had never met. She let her mother what was happening, likely made Jaylin look her prettiest, and headed out into night optimistic. Wynetta and Jaylin never made the return trip home. The next day, married Detective Phillips showed up for their paternity hearing, agreeing to give DNA. June 3rd he was arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

Excerpts from below:
...Prince George’s police questioned Phillips about the missing woman and her baby... Phillips told investigators that he had not spoken with Wright in a year. However, Phillips’s telephone records indicate that the two had spoken more recently... Detectives have obtained surveillance video showing Phillips and Wright arriving a few minutes apart Monday in a parking lot of the Hillcrest Heights Community Center, at the edge of Oxon Run Spring Valley Park...

Two lives stolen. Wynetta had been shot. Jaylin, abandoned in her mother's car alone after it was moved by her mother's killer, is thought likely to have died from the next days' sweltering heat. Wynetta's other daughter is without a mother. Phillips' daughter is without a father. Both girls' young lives are now weighed down with this tragedy because of the killer's actions, for the rest of their lives. Their loss. Their burden. Please pray for them.

Learn from each tragedy. Look for what to not do. Share that with your friends and family - and lives could be saved.

Please pray for Janiya - Wynetta's daughter, Jaylin's sister. She doesn't understand yet what has happened to her world. May God's and family love surround her and protect her and make her strong.

From the Family of Wynetta & Jaylin Wright:
" I just want to thank everyone for showing soooo much LOVE"

"Wynetta was a beautiful, humble and sweet young lady. How anyone that knew her could ever say anything bad about her, much less bring harm to her is still amazing to me. I Can't even put into words my thoughts about what he did to baby J. This is the saddest thing that I have ever heard of. I have analyzed the situation over and over again and cannot find one reason that this had to happen. Wynetta I Love you and you Dr. John Hayden Johnson Panthers Family Loves you and your Family." ~ Michael Tariq Sharrieff

COP CHARGED WITH MURDERS
DeMorning DeBonis, Washington Post
By Mike DeBonis
June 6, 2011
What D.C. cop Richmond Phillips stands accused of is horrifying... [Full article here]


BODIES IDENTIFIED AS WYNETTA WRIGHT AND DAUGHTER JAYLIN; DC OFFICER CHARGED IN WOMAN'S DEATH
Associated Press
By Eric Tucker
Friday, 03 Jun 2011
[Excerpts] A District of Columbia police officer was charged Friday in the death of a woman [Wynetta Wright] whose body was found along with that of her 1-year-old daughter [Jaylin] in what authorities are calling a case of domestic violence. Richmond Phillips was charged Friday with one count of first-degree murder and was being held without bond, said Gary Cunningham, a deputy Prince George's County police chief... The two had been reported missing to the Baltimore County police department on Tuesday by Wright's mother... Cunningham would not comment on the relationship between Phillips and Wright or discuss a motive. But Maryland court records show that the two were in a paternity dispute and a court hearing had been scheduled in Prince George's County for this past Tuesday. Wright's mother told reporters at the scene Thursday night that Phillips called her daughter the night before the hearing and asked to meet with her in Prince George's County. She said she became concerned after she did not hear again from her daughter... D.C. police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump said that Phillips' "police powers have been revoked," but did not elaborate... "This is a horrific crime, and our deepest sympathies go out to the Wright family," D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said in a written statement... [Full article here]


WYNETTA AND JAYLIN WRIGHT FOUND DEAD; DC COP IN CHARGED WITH MURDER
wusa9.com
Jun 3, 2011
[Richmond] Phillips, an officer in DC's First District, is married with a 12-year-old daughter. The family, including Phillips' mother, lives at a home in Temple Hills. Phillips' mother tells 9NEWS NOW there is "no way" her son murdered Wright. "If he did, he's crazy," she continued. Phillips is being held without bond... Wynetta Wright, and her daughter, Jaylin were found dead in the Hillcrest Heights section of Prince George's County Thursday night... Court records indicate Wynetta Wright had filed a paternity case against Richmond Phillips. A court date was scheduled for Tuesday morning. Wright and her daughter had not been seen by family members since Monday night. [Full article here]


MOTHER OF WYNETTA WRIGHT SPEAKS OUT ON DEATH OF HER DAUGHTER
myfoxdc
By Bob Barnard
03 Jun 2011
[Excerpts] Wyvette Wright is planning a funeral for her daughter, Wynetta, and her granddaughter, Jaylin. D.C. Police vice officer Richmond Phillips is charged with Wynetta's murder and is suspected of leaving one-year-old Jaylin to die in her mother's pickup truck. The victims were found dead Thursday night. They went missing late Monday after the mother and daughter drove from Baltimore to meet with Phillips near his home in Hillcrest Heights. That was the night before a scheduled court date to discuss child support for Jaylin. Wyvette said Phillips had never before seen his young daughter. "My granddaughter's birthday is Monday," Wyvette told FOX 5 outside a relative's home in Temple Hills Friday afternoon. "She would have been one [year old] on Monday." About the accused, she said, "He didn't have to do that for no child support. If he paid, he paid. If he didn't, he didn't. He didn't have to do all that." On a swingset nearby, Wyvette's four-year-old granddaughter, Jiniah, innocently plays, not yet knowing she will never see her mother and baby sister again... She said Wynetta was excited after Phillips called Monday night. "Because she thought ‘You know, because he called, we're going to have mommy, daughter and daddy time,'" Wyvette said. "She wanted [Jaylin] to be in her dad's life. That's what she wanted. She just didn't have a clue that this [would] happen."... [Full article here]


OFFICER ACCUSED OF KILLING MOTHER AND CHILD
WDAM
June 04, 2011
[Excerpts] A police officer is facing murder charges, after his daughter and the girl's mother were found dead in Washington D.C. When 20-year-old Wynetta Wright and her 11-month-old daughter vanished Monday night family members knew something bad had happened. Court records show Wright was due in court for a child support hearing with the baby's father, Officer Richmond Phillips. "The night before their child support case, he called at 10 p.m. that night, told her to meet him at this park," said Wrights mother, Wyvette Wright. "We haven't heard from her since." Police officers found the young mother and child in the woods, the last place Wynetta Wright was seen with her baby's father... it is believed the woman was shot and dumped in the woods. Police believe Phillips then drove the baby about a half mile away in her mother's car and left her strapped in her car seat to die in the midst of the heat wave... Ironically, Wynetta Wright wanted to become a police officer and was active with the Prince George's Sheriff Department's Explore Club, earning the rank of private first class [Full article here]


D.C. OFFICER CHARGED WITH MURDER AFTER WOMAN, BABY FOUND DEAD IN PR. GEORGE’S
The Washington Post
By Paul Duggan and Clarence Williams
06/03/2011
[Excerpts] ...[D.C. police officer] Richmond D. Phillips, 39, of the 2900 block of Oxon Park St. in Temple Hills, was charged with murder in the death of Wynetta Wright, 20, said Prince George’s County Deputy Police Chief Gary Cunningham. Phillips had been subpoenaed to appear at a Tuesday morning hearing to establish paternity at the Prince George’s County courthouse, according to court records. Wynetta Wright alleged that Phillips fathered Jaylin Wright... Police found Wright’s body Thursday evening at Oxon Run Spring Valley Park, with what Cunningham called “obvious signs of trauma.” He would not say what those signs were. An autopsy will determine a cause of death. A short time after police found Wright, they found her car, also in the park. Jaylin still was in her car seat, and Cunningham suggested she may have died from heat exposure during the brutally hot week... Police put out a news release on Wednesday saying Wynetta Wright was missing. She was last seen Monday in the 3300 block of Curtis Drive in Temple Hills... Police had initially charged Phillips in the baby’s death, as well as Wright’s slaying. But officials are now awaiting autopsy results before deciding on charges in Jaylin’s death... [Full article here]

D.C. POLICE OFFICER CHARGED WITH WOMAN’S MURDER AFTER SHE AND BABY ARE FOUND DEAD
The Washington Post
By Matt Zapotosky and Paul Duggan
Published: June 3
[Excerpts] ...[married D.C. police officer Richmond] Phillips was due in court the next day for a hearing that would begin to determine whether he was the baby girl’s father and, if so, how much he’d have to pay to support her. The meeting ended horribly, police said. Phillips, 39, allegedly pulled out a gun and killed the 20-year-old Wright with a bullet to the head. He then left her body in the park, drove her car up a hill away from the scene and abandoned the baby in the car, according to law enforcement officials with direct knowledge of the case... D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier called it “a horrific crime.” Phillips, a vice officer who joined the D.C. police force in 2003, was arrested by Prince George’s police Friday and charged with first-degree murder. A family member said Phillips, who is being held without bond, lived in the county’s Temple Hills area with his wife of 13 years and their 12-year-old daughter. Wright, an aspiring Prince George’s sheriff’s deputy, also lived in Temple Hills. She filed a court petition in February seeking to have Phillips declared the father of her daughter, Jaylin Wright, who was born June 6, 2010. She also asked the court to order Phillips to make child support payments and provide health insurance for Jaylin... Two county police officials familiar with the case, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is continuing, said Wright told a friend that she planned to meet with Phillips on Monday to discuss what would happen Tuesday at a scheduled court hearing in the paternity matter. Detectives have obtained surveillance video showing Phillips and Wright arriving a few minutes apart Monday in a parking lot of the Hillcrest Heights Community Center, at the edge of Oxon Run Spring Valley Park... On Tuesday, Phillips showed up for the paternity hearing in Prince George’s Family Court and agreed to take a DNA test, said Paula Tolson, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Department of Human Resources. “The court was going to notify [Wright] that she and her baby also had to be tested,” said Tolson, whose agency oversees child support enforcement in the state. On Tuesday or Wednesday, Prince George’s police questioned Phillips about the missing woman and her baby, the police officials said. They said Phillips told investigators that he had not spoken with Wright in a year. However, Phillips’s telephone records indicate that the two had spoken more recently, according to the officials... Wright had been active for two years in the Prince George’s Sheriff Explorers program, in which young people learn about the discipline and skills needed to be a law enforcement officer... The group meets weekly for physical training, instruction and other activities, said Taylor, who likened the program to the Boy and Girl Scouts. She said Wright had recently been promoted to the rank of private first class. “She came to the program specifically because she was interested in becoming a sheriff’s deputy”... ... Phillips was assigned to the vice unit in the D.C. police 1st District statio... He worked in plain clothes on short-term investigations, making undercover drug buys and performing other anti-vice tasks... [Full article here]


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9 comments:

  1. June 7
    Richmond Phillips has been charged with first- and second-degree murder in the death of Wynetta Wright, and manslaughter in the death of Wright’s daughter Jaylin. He was ordered held without bond in a Monday hearing in Prince George’s County District Court.

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  2. Monday, Jun 6, 2011
    According to court documents, surveillance video from the community center shows Wright and Phillips sitting on a park bench from about 11 p.m. May 30 until 6 a.m. May 31, when Wright was shot to death. Phillips then moved Wright’s SUV with Jaylin inside, police said.
    http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/123277393.html

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  3. Monday, Jun 6
    According to charging documents, the two met at Oxon Run Stream Valley Park in Temple Hills at about 11 p.m., after Officer Phillips left his work as a Metropolitan Police Officer in the District. A surveillance camera at the park captured video of people fitting their descriptions talking on a picnic bench for nearly seven hours. Just after 6 a.m., a Ford Expedition and Miss Wright’s Saturn Vue were captured on video leaving the park, about five minutes apart. Miss Wright’s body was found in a wooded area about 100 yards away from the park bench.
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jun/6/dc-officer-charged-in-killing-of-pg-woman/

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  4. IMPORTANT UPDATE:
    "FUNERAL SERVICES FOR WYNETTA & JAYLIN WRIGHT HAVE BEEN CHANGED ON FRIDAY TO A NEW LOCATION: TEMPLE OF PRAISE, 700 SOUTHERN AVE SE WASHINGTON,DC 20032 @10AM-1PM. ALSO THE FUND HAS BEEN CHANGED TO A NEW ADDRESS DUE TO THE FAMILY CHANGING FUNERAL HOMES AS WELL. THE FUNDS TOWARDS THE WYNETTA WRIGHT & JAYLIN WRIGHT FUND CAN BE SENT TO THE PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPT. C/O: WYVETTE WRIGHT 5303 CHRYSLER WAY UPPER MARLBORO,MD 20772.
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!!"

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  5. AnonymousJune 09, 2011

    sorry for your lost! it sadden me to know that someone so innocent is gone to soon!

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  6. DISTRICT OFFICER ALLEGEDLY ADMITS MEETING WOMAN BEFORE HER DEATH: Surveillance video shows the two talking near site where bodies were found, court documents say
    The Gazette
    by Erich Wagner
    Wednesday, Jun. 08, 2011
    [Excerpts] A Washington, D.C., police officer charged in the deaths of a 20-year-old District Heights woman and her 1-year-old daughter admitted to detectives that he met with the woman for seven hours in the park where her body was found... Phillips denied having any contact with Wynetta Wright for more than a year, but when confronted with the surveillance footage, he admitted to meeting with her, according to the documents. He told police he didn't see any other people in the park while they were there... It was not immediately clear when the autopsy results would be released... [Full article here]

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  7. AnonymousJune 23, 2011

    I dont know Wynetta or her family, but it still hurt and sad to know that they are gone. Still crying because it is soooo sad.

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  8. DC Police Officer Richmond Phillips Indicted On Murder Charges In Deaths Of Wynetta Wright, Jaylin Wright
    9:27 AM, Jul 1, 2011

    (WUSA) -- The DC police officer accused of killing a woman while leaving her infant daughter in a hot car has been formally indicted.

    Late Thursday night, a grand jury filed charges against 41-year-old Richmond Phillips for the deaths of 20-year-old Wynetta Wright and her baby girl, 11-month-old Jaylin.

    He is facing two counts of first degree murder, one count of child abuse resulting in death, and one count of reckless endangerment.

    Wright had filed a paternity case claiming Phillips fathered the child.

    She disappeared the night before a hearing in the case.

    Wright and her daughter were found dead in Oxon Run Stream Valley Park.

    Phillips, an officer in DC's First District, is married with a 12-year-old daughter. The family, including Phillips' mother, lives at a home in Temple Hills.

    http://www.wusa9.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=157021

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