NFL: Ex-footballer charged with murder of prison cell-mate
Lawrence Phillips will be arraigned on September 15 in the death of cell-mate Damion Soward at Kern Valley State Prison in Delano, California, in April, the Kern County District Attorney’s Office confirmed Tuesday.
After a stand-out career at the University of Nebraska Phillips was drafted sixth overall in 1996 by the NFL’s St. Louis Rams.
He lasted less than two years with the club before he was released, going on to play for the Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers.
He also played for the Barcelona Dragons of NFL Europe and the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes, but violent off-field incidents overshadowed and overtook his career.
Phillips is currently serving a sentence of more than 31 years.
He was convicted in 2006 of assault with a deadly weapon after driving a car into a group of youths after arguing with them during a pickup football game in 2005.
At the time of that incident he was facing charges in San Diego of punching and choking his girlfriend, charges on which he was also convicted.