Six kids were watching a movie in their home. Downstairs, a man was killing their mother.
Now, the murderer will never walk free again.
Recently, a judge in Minnesota sentenced McKinley J. Phillips to life in prison for killing his wife, Shavon Phillips, in June 2021. McKinley Phillips was convicted of first-degree murder.
It took a jury a few hours over two days to reach its verdict.
As FrontPageDetectives previously reported, on June 25, 2021, police in Woodbury, Minnesota, responded to a home after a woman called to say a man confessed to killing the victim and leaving her remains in the home.
The suspect was identified as McKinley Phillips. A SWAT team was called in to help make the arrest.
They went into the home and found the victim dead. Police also found the five children in the home. They were not hurt but unaware that their mom had been killed.
McKinley Phillips fled the area and was arrested the next day.
According to prosecutors, the victim was stabbed to death in the basement of the home while the children watched a movie upstairs, Bring Me The News reported.
When McKinley Phillips was arrested, he was wearing clothes that were covered in blood splatter and had cuts to his hands, according to Bring Me The News.
The victim had injuries to her chest, back and neck. She also had blunt force trauma to her brain, according to the report. A motive for the killing has not been made clear.
“The life sentence without the possibility of release imposed by Judge Freeman was necessary in this case,” Washington County Attorney Kevin Magnuson said in a statement, according to Bring Me The News. “I hope the conviction secured today brings some level of justice to the victim’s family as they navigate the horrific and senseless loss of a remarkable woman.”