Former NFL player Phillips found dead in jail


LOS ANGELES: Troubled former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips has been found dead in a California prison where he was awaiting trial for killing a cellmate, authorities said on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila). Phillips, who had spells with the St Louis Rams, Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers before ending his professional career in Canada in 2003, was believed to have committed suicide, a statement from the California Department of Corrections said. The 40-year-old had been kept in solitary confinement at Kern Valley State Prison after being accused of killing a cellmate in 2013. He had been jailed in 2008 for 31 years for a range of offenses, including inflicting great bodily harm, domestic violence, false imprisonment and vehicle theft.



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