Even in prison, former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips can’t seem to catch a break. Per a report from CBS 12 and the Associated Press, Phillips has officially been charged with the murder of his cellmate Damion Soward, who was found strangled in April.
Phillips is currently serving a 31-year sentence at California’s Kern Valley State Prison following his convictions of felony assault in two separate trials. In one, a girlfriend accused him of choking her into unconsciousness. In the other, he was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon (in this case a car) after driving into three teenagers following a pickup football game.
The Kern County DA has said that Phillips will be charged with first-degree murder.
Prior to his off-field troubles, Phillips was a star running back at the University of Nebraska. In three years with the Huskers, he ran for 3,102 yards and 33 touchdowns. Despite reports that he had assaulted his ex-girlfriend and had a bit of an attitude in general, he was selected by the St. Louis Rams with the sixth overall pick in the 1996 NFL Draft. Unfortunately, he never got it together and was out of the league in three years, posting just 1,453 yards and 14 touchdowns over that stretch with the Rams, Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers. Phillips also spent time in the Arena Football League as well as with the Canadian Football League.
It’s looking like his time in prison has done little for him character-wise, but Phillips is still innocent until proven guilty and Campus Sports will update this story as any new information becomes public.
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