Former football star Lawrence Phillips, who had been charged with murdering his cellmate last April, was found dead early Wednesday at
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 2005 in San Diego and of driving his car into three teens later that year after a pickup football game in Los Angeles. He was sentenced for inflicting great bodily injury involving domestic violence, corporal injury to a spouse, false imprisonment and vehicle theft.
Phillips ran for more than 1,800 yards in 1994 and helped Nebraska win the national championship. He was the No. 6 overall pick in the 1996 NFL draft by the St. Louis Rams, but didn't last very long in the NFL, spending time with the Rams, Dolphins and 49ers following his troubles with the law.