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Ex-NFL RB Lawrence Phillips Suspected of Killing Prison Cellmate

4/13/2015 4:04 PM PDT

Lawrence Phillips -- Ex-NFL RB Suspected of Killing Prison Cellmate

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Ex-NFL running back Lawrence Phillips -- the 6th overall pick in the 1996 NFL Draft -- has been named a suspect in the murder of his prison cellmate ... officials confirm. 

The 39-year-old -- who played for the Rams, Dolphins and 49ers -- is serving time at Kern Valley State Prison in California ... on a 31-year sentence for all sorts of convictions, including spousal abuse. 

Officials say Philips' cellmate -- 37-year-old Damion Soward -- was found in his cell around 1AM on Saturday. Soward had been locked up on a 1st degree murder conviction. 

Officials say there was ANOTHER murder in the prison on the same day -- and that victim's cellmate is also the main suspect in that case. Unclear if the two murders are linked. 

Story developing ... 

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