Ex-NFL running back Lawrence Phillips charged with killing cellmate at Kern Valley State Prison 09/02/2015 10:32 am PDT Comments Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept. via KERO : BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- (KERO) -- Former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips has been charged with murder in the death of his cellmate at a Central California prison. Phillips is suspected of killing 37-year-old Damion Soward at Kern Valley State Prison in April. Officials determined Soward was strangled. The Kern County district attorney's office says the 40-year-old Phillips faces a first-degree murder charge. FULL STORY: Ex-NFL running back Lawrence Phillips charged with killing cellmate at Kern Valley State Prison - KERO #California #Murder #Prison Waiting for your permission to load facebook comments.