Former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips is suspected of killing his cellmate in a Central California prison, it has emerged.
Phillips, who was jailed in 2005, is serving a sentence of more than 31 years for choking his girlfriend in San Diego and driving his car into three teens after a pickup football game in Los Angeles.
On Monday, prison officials revealed 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.
Soward was found lifeless on Saturday morning in the cell he shared with Phillips, 39, at Kern Valley State Prison.
He was later pronounced dead, prison spokesman Lt. Marshall Denning said in a statement.
Phillips 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.