Former Carolina Panthers first-round pick, wide receiver Rae Carruth, is slated to be released from prison on October 22nd after spending more than 17 years in prison.
Carruth’s arrest on charges stemming from the murder of Cherica Adams back in 1999 made news around the United States when the then 24-year-old Adams was shot four times by an associate of Carruth and local nightclub owner. She was eight months pregnant with Carruth’s child at the time of the shooting. Carruth himself was then convicted on conspiracy to commit murder, among other lesser charges.
While the unborn child, named Chancellor Lee Adams, did survive, he suffered permanent brain damage and cerebral palsy. Adams died a short while following the shooting, and Carruth was arrested in the trunk of a car in West Tennessee. He was ultimately sentenced to 18-to-24 years in prison.