Rae Carruth, the NFL wide receiver who hired a hitman has been released from prison, 18 years after he conspired to murder the mother of his unborn child.
Rae was a talented football player who threw it all away in when he conspired with a gunman to murder his pregnant girlfriend, Cherica Adams, in order to avoid paying child support.
Carruth and his girlfriend got in separate cars after a movie date. While Adams was driving through Charlotte, a car pulled up next to her BMW. Shots were fired, and she was hit four times. Prosecutors said Carruth used his vehicle to block Adams’ car so a hired gunman could shoot her. She was hit 4 times but managed to call 911. Doctors were able to perform an emergency c-section to save the baby, but Adams died four weeks later.
The child, Chancellor Lee Adams, now 18 years old, suffers from brain damage and cerebral palsy due to trauma from the shooting. He’s been raised by Cherica’s mother, Saundra, ever since.
Carruth was arrested in November 1999 for attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder and other charges. He was released on $3 million bond, but failed to turn himself in resulting in a nationwide manhunt. He was found hiding in the trunk of a car.
Rae, who has now been released after an 18 year prison term, told WSOC-TV he hoped to be forgiven and spoke about how he was frightened about his release.
“I’m nervous just about how I’ll be received by the public. I still have to work. I still have to live. I have to exist out there and it just seems like there is so much hate and negativity toward me,” he said.
He has been adamant about wanting a relationship with his son once he’s released, but Saundra Adams vowed in February that he would never have custody of his son.
“Chancellor will be raised either by me or, after I’m gone, by someone else who loves him and who knows him. He will never be raised by a stranger — someone he doesn’t know and who tried to kill him,” she told the Charlotte Observer.
Carruth feels he has changed a lot since the Panthers selected him in the first round of the 1997 draft . He noted back then he was very “self-centered” and immature but has now found a relationship with God.