Rae Carruth walks from prison a free man

Ruben Hill
October 22, 2018

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.

The 44-year-old Carruth will be a on a ninth-month post-release program, according to North Carolina Department of Public Safety spokesman Jerry Higgins.

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

The man who shot Adams, Van Brett Watkins, was hired by Carruth and was sentenced to serve a minimum of 40 years behind bars. "And I want still for him to meet his son". Prosecutors argued that he blocked Adams vehicle so the hitman could shoot her.

"I'm excited about just being out of here", Carruth said to the station.

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.

'I still have to work.

Carruth's arrest on charges of conspiracy and attempted murder nine days after the shooting sent shockwaves throughout the Panthers organization.

Following the shooting, Carruth fled and was arrested when #FBI agents found him hiding in the trunk of a vehicle in the parking lot of a Best Western hotel.

Chancellor Lee Adams, now 18, has been living with his maternal grandmother, Saundra Adams, and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

Saundra Adams has previously said she would forgive Carruth and could even allow him to have a relationship with his son - although he will never be allowed custody. He then went into hiding for a month but was captured by authorities in Tennessee. In it, he apologizes for the death of Cherica Adams and Chancellor Adams' impairment. "I want the incident to never have happened at all".

"If I could change anything, I'd change the whole situation", Carruth wrote, according to the report.

"For all involved or invested in this ordeal, please calm down", Carruth wrote to the newspaper. "I feel like he might not ever have his mother in his life but he could still have me and I could still make a difference and I don't think that's anyone's responsibility when I'm still here". "I will no longer be pursuing a relationship with Chancellor and Ms. Adams".

His lawyer, David Rudolf, told WRAL, that, "Rae was hanging out with people he should not have been hanging out with" at the time of Adams's killing. I want him to see that too'.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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