Rae Carruth Released From Prison, Says He’s ‘Excited’ & ‘Frightened’

Lynette Rowe
October 23, 2018

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

Carruth was convicted by a jury in January 2001 of hiring a hitman to kill 24-year-old Adams, who was seven months pregnant at the time with Carruth's child.

While Adams was driving through Charlotte, a auto pulled up next to her BMW.

He was sentenced to 18 to 24 years in prison.

Carruth's son, Chancellor Adams, survived in Adams' womb but the loss of oxygen and blood caused brain damage.

In recent interviews, Carruth has been attempting to make amends and says he wants to build a connection with Chancellor.

'I still have to work.

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On the night of the shooting, Carruth and Adams had gone to see the movie "The Bone Collector", taking separate cars to the theater. He said he hoped to, "try to be the father that I should have been from day one", but chose to "no longer be pursuing a relationship with Chancellor and Ms. Adams". He is now 18 years old and is cared for by Saundra Adams, Cherica's mother. "I have to exist out there and it just seems like there is so much hate and negativity toward me".

The team released Carruth and the National Football League suspended him indefinitely after he fled the Charlotte area after posting $3 million bail and was found by federal authorities hiding in the trunk of a auto in Tennessee, about 500 miles from Charlotte. Michael Kennedy, who drove Watkins to commit the murder, was released from prison in 2011.

Carruth also wrote about wanting to establish a relationship with Chancellor Adams, saying that once Saundra Adams has passed away that someone will need to be responsible for him.

The third-year wide receiver was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder, shooting into an occupied vehicle and using an instrument to destroy an unborn child. In 2016, Adams told the newspaper she planned to meet Carruth with Adams at the prison gates upon his release, but both of them changed their minds in recent months.

The Panthers' first-round pick in the 1997 NFL Draft, Carruth made the NFL All-Rookie team, but missed most of his second season due to injury.

He will be a on a nine-month post-release program, according to Higgins. Carruth is able to leave North Carolina but can not leave the country until his 9-month post-release period is over.

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