According to LA Times, ex-NFL running back Lawrence Phillips is suspected of killing his cellmate in a Central California prison, where he is serving a 31-year sentence, officials said Monday. Phillips’ cellmate at Kern Valley State Prison was found unconscious early Saturday, 11th April and later pronounced dead, prison spokesman Lt. Marshall Denning said in a statement.
Phillips, 39, was once one of the nation’s top college football players at Nebraska. He played for the St. Louis Rams, before he was released in 1997 for insubordination. He also played for the Miami Dolphins and San Francisco. He was convicted twice for choking his girlfriend in 2005 in San Diego and later that year for driving his car into three teenagers after a pickup football game near the Coliseum in Los Angeles.
He is suspected of killing Damion Soward, a 37-year-old inmate from San Bernardino County serving 82 years to life for a first-degree murder conviction.