Former Nebraska Cornhuskers running back Lawrence Phillips’ autopsy has confirmed that he has committed suicide on his prison cell last January 12, 2016.
Phillips was detained for several charges that started on August 25, 2005, when he was charged with assault after he allegedly drove into three teenagers because of an argument with them on a pick-up football game.
The case stemmed with a charge of felony assault with a deadly weapon, and he was found guilty of seven counts on October 10, 2006, and was sentenced to 10 years in prison on October 3, 2008.
He was also charged with seven counts of assault on his former girlfriend, adding up 25 years to the term that he will be serving for the 2008 case, which was reduced to 7 years. The total number of years that he was given to serve was 32 years.
On April 12, 2015, while serving his 32 years sentence, Phillips became a prime suspect in the murder of his cellmate, Damion Soward, who was the cousin of former USC Trojan and NFL wide receiver R. Jay Soward, and was serving 82 years of a conviction for murder.
Soward was found dead in the cell that the two shared, and it came out that he was choked to death. Phillips was charged with first-degree murder on September 1, 2015, and was awaiting trial on a death penalty, but on January 12, 2016, he was found hanging and unresponsive in his prison cell with a note saying “Do Not Resuscitate” taped on his chest. He was pronounced dead at 1:30 AM on January 13, 2016.
On Wednesday, Phillips’ autopsy report was released, and it was confirmed that he hanged himself with his bedsheet tied up on the metal shelf of the television in his cell and died of asphyxia.
A picture of an unidentified kid and another note was found on the left sock of Phillips by the forensic pathologist that conducted the autopsy, but no details about the note have been given.