It’s been nearly two decades since former NFL star Rae Carruth was sentenced to 19 to 24 years in prison after being found guilty of conspiring to kill Cherica Adams in 1999.
Unfortunately, Carruth is no longer behind bars as he was released from prison this morning, much to the disappointment of many.
The former Carolina Panthers wide receiver said he was nervous, but happy to be free in his first public comments since his release.
“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. I’m actually somewhat frightened,” he told WSOC-TV this Sunday.
Carruth was accused of having hired Van Brett Watkins and Michael Kennedy to murder Adams in November 1999. She was eight months pregnant at the time, and the shooting caused grave injuries to her unborn child. On the day of the crime, Carruth was following Adams in a separate car, ad reportedly blocked the vehicle while the two men drove by and shot her. The baby somehow survived, but Carruth died four weeks later.
The baby, Chancellor Lee Adams, now lives with his grandmother and suffers from cerebral palsy. Rae Carruth says he hopes to make amends with Adams’ family, but they have no intentions of allowing such nor plan to allow Chancellor Lee Adams to have any involvement in Carruth’s life.