Ex NFL running back Lawrence Phillips was found dead in his jail cell today of an apparent suicide,Phillips was 40 years old. Phillips who has been in prison since October 2008, and in 2009 was sentenced to 31 years in prison for separate incidents including assaulting his former girlfriend and driving his car into three teenagers., he was serving a 31 year sentence. Back in April of 2015 Lawrence cell mate Damion Soward was found strangled to death, which led to murder charges against Phillips.
Phillips was on trial for the alleged murder of his former cellmate at the prison. If convicted, he could have faced the death penalty. The cellmate, Damion Soward, was found unresponsive in April 2015, in the cell the two men shared. A coroner ruled Soward had been strangled, and Phillips was charged with Soward’s murder in September 2015.
Phillips wrote to his mother back in March of last year stating that he was about to snap and that her felt unsafe around his cell mate. He also wrote “My anger grows daily as I have become fed up with prison,” he wrote last March. “I feel my anger is near bursting and that will result in my death or the death of someone else.”
It unclear what sparked the suicide, no note was left.