Published: Tue, October 23, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Former Carolina Panthers Player Rae Carruth Released from Prison

Former Carolina Panthers Player Rae Carruth Released from Prison

The former Carolina Panthers wide receiver, ex-girlfriend, Cherica Adams, was seven months pregnant with Carruth's son on November 16, 1999 when she was shot while driving in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Carruth was convicted of hiring a hit man to shoot and kill 24-year-old Cherica Adams to avoid paying child support.

Cherica Adams was eight months pregnant with their son when she was shot in a drive-by shooting on Rea Road.

The child, Chancellor Lee Adams, was born with severe cerebral palsy due to trauma from the shooting.

Carruth was sentenced to 18 to 24 years in 2001 and served his time in the Sampson Correctional Institution in Clinton, North Carolina, NBC News reports. "I'm actually some what frightened". Adams died about a month later.

Adams, 24, was following Carruth in a separate vehicle after a movie when Watkins and Kennedy pulled up beside her. Prosecutors said Carruth used his vehicle to block Adams' auto while Watkins opened fire on her. He and three others were charged with murder, including Watkins, who was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

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Carruth still claims he wasn't intending to have Adams killed, but has acknowledged a responsibility for what happened to his former girlfriend.

That baby, Chancellor Lee Adams, is now nearly 19 years old.

Carruth did not speak to reporters as he left prison wearing a knit cap and an unzipped jacket on a chilly morning with temperatures in the high 30s.

In recent interviews, Carruth has been attempting to make amends and says he wants to build a connection with Chancellor. Now middle-aged, Carruth earned a barber's certificate while in prison and has said he plans to return to his home state of California upon his release. "I will no longer be pursuing a relationship with Chancellor and Ms Adams". "He's a lot more introspective than he used to be, and I think he wants to get out of North Carolina".

That's a far cry from the four-year, $US3.7 million contract Carruth signed with the Panthers after being drafted - although he never collected all of that money since he was released in the third year of his deal. I really do. We can talk about how this has affected my life and my family and what it's been like to go through the 19 years. Michael Kennedy, who obtained the gun that was used and drove the vehicle in the drive-by, testified against Carruth and was released in 2011.

"Chancellor will be raised either by me, or, after I'm gone, by someone else who loves him and who knows him".

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