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Coroner: Ex-NFL player Lawrence Phillips' cellmate died of strangulation
Coroner: Ex-NFL player Lawrence Phillips' cellmate died of strangulation

A man who authorities say was killed by his cellmate, former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips, died of strangulation. Damion Soward, 37, was found unresponsive in his cell Sunday and was taken to Delano Regional Medical Center where he later died, according to the Kern County coroner’s office. Coroner’s officials determined this week that Soward died of neck compression asphyxia. They ruled his death a homicide. Soward, a reputed gang member from the Inland Empire, was serving an 82-year-to-life sentence in the execution murder of Michael Fairley, a rival gang member known by the moniker “Trouble.” Soward shared a cell with Phillips at Kern Valley State...

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