Published: Mon, October 22, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Former NFL player Rae Carruth released from prison after 18 years

Former NFL player Rae Carruth released from prison after 18 years

Former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Rae Carruth was released from prison Monday, almost 19 years after masterminding the murder of his pregnant girlfriend, Cherica Adams.

Carruth, now 44, was found guilty of orchestrating a plot to kill Cherica Adams on November 16, 1999, in Charlotte, North Carolina, to avoid paying child support.

Now, as Carruth is released from prison on October 22, 2018, Saundra Adams says she has mixed feelings about his release and worries about the safety of her grandson Chancellor Lee.

For the first time since being arrested and convicted of murder, Rae Carruth is now a free man and walking the streets of America once again.

Adams, who was 24-years-old and 8-months pregnant at the time, was shot in her auto after driving home after seeing a movie in 1999, in an attack prosecutors say was organised by Carruth. Finding him not guilty of first-degree murder meant that the death penalty was off the table and paved the way for his 18-to-24-year sentence. He is now 18 years old and is cared for by Saundra Adams, Cherica's mother. Carruth penned an open letter stating he hoped to "openly confront and debunk the lies that Ms. Adams continues to tell about me, knowing full well that in doing so it will only add to the public ire against me".

Doctors were able to save the life of the child, Chancellor Lee Adams, who was delivered by emergency cesarean section.

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"With Chancellor's grandmother, Cherica's mom, that there can be some sort of reconciliation of some sort", Rudolph said.

"I let him down as he came into this world and the only way that I can make that right and the only way I can work out my relationship with my son is to be there for him", Carruth wrote. Adams had previously said she would be there when Carruth got out of prison, but she was not present Monday.

The Carolina Panthers' 1997 first-round draft pick was released from Sampson Correctional Institution in Clinton, North Carolina, after completing his sentence of 18 to 24 years. He left the prison without speaking to reporters.

"If I could change anything, I'd change the whole situation", Carruth wrote in the letter, obtained by WBTV. In regards to Cherica's death, Swift said, "I stay away from that".

Although Carruth wrote of wanting to raise his son, he soon changed his mind, according to the Charlotte Observer. "His mother would still be here and I wouldn't be where I'm at. I want him to see that too". And I want still for him to meet his son.

"For all involved or invested in this ordeal, please calm down", Carruth wrote to the newspaper. So that's what I'd want to change. But I can say definitively he's not ever going to have custody of Chancellor. "I promise to leave them be, which I now see is in everyone's best interest".

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