Phillips found dead in prison
Lawrence Phillips, a star running back at Nebraska, first-round NFL draft pick and a CFL player whose pro career quickly unraveled amid disciplinary problems, was found dead in his California prison cell early Wednesday, and officials said they suspect suicide.
Guards at Kern Valley State Prison found Phillips, 40, unresponsive in his cell. He was taken to an outside hospital and pronounced dead about 1:30 a.m., the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said.
He had been housed alone in a segregation cell since April 2015 after he was suspected of killing his cellmate.
A Kern County judge had ruled Tuesday there was enough evidence to try Phillips in the death of Damion Soward, 37.