Former St. Louis Rams Player Lawrence Phillips Suspected of Killing Prison Cellmate
Former St. Louis Rams running back Lawrence Phillips is suspected of killing his cellmate at the Kern Valley State Prison in California.
Phillips was arrested in 2005 and is serving 31 years in prison for choking a former girlfriend.
Phillips is suspected of stabbing and killing cellmate Damion Soward this weekend.
Former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips is suspected of killing his cellmate in a Central California prison, officials said Monday.
Phillips’ cellmate at Kern Valley State Prison was found lifeless early Saturday 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, until being released in 1997 for insubordination. He also played for the Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers.
Phillips is serving a sentence of more than 31 years. He was convicted of twice choking his girlfriend in 2005 in San Diego and later that year of driving his car into three teens after a pickup football game in Los Angeles. It wasn’t clear whether Phillips has an attorney.
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.
Prison officials said they suspect a second inmate at the prison of also killing his cellmate. It’s unclear whether the two are related.