Jury Selection to Start in D.C. Officer’s Murder Trial

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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. — Jury selection is scheduled to begin in Prince George’s County for a D.C. police officer charged in the deaths of a woman and her young child.

Opening statements in the trial of Richmond Phillips are expected Monday after two days of jury selection starting Thursday.

Phillips was arrested in June 2011 after police found the body of 20-year-old Wynetta Wright in the Oxon Run Stream Valley Park. Her 1-year-old daughter, Jaylin, was found dead nearby in a car seat in Wright’s car. Police say the girl may have died as a result of exposure to the heat. Court records show Phillips and Wright were involved in a paternity dispute.

D.C. police say Phillips has been suspended without pay. He had been a vice officer.

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