Ex-Cornhusker, St. Louis Rams star Lawrence Phillips found dead in prison

Published: Jan. 13, 2016 at 6:08 PM MST
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Former N.F.L. running back Lawrence Phillips was found dead in his California prison cell early Wednesday morning.

Guards at Kern Valley State Prison found Phillips, 40, unresponsive in his cell shortly after midnight Wednesday.

Officials say they suspect suicide.

Phillips had been housed alone in a segregation cell since April 2013 after he was suspected of killing his cellmate.

A Kern County judge had ruled Tuesday that there was enough evidence to try Phillips in the death of his former cellmate.

Phillips played for the St. Louis Rams before being released in 1997 for insubordination.

He was once one of the top college football players in the nation at the University of Nebraska.

Phillips was sent to prison in 2008 to serve a sentence of more than 31 years after he was convicted of twice choking his girlfriend in San Diego and of driving his car into three teens later that year.

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