Born Rae Carruth Lamar Wiggins on January 20, 1974. Rae Theotis Carruth is a former American football wide receiver and convicted killer. Carruth. Who played college football at Colorado. Was selected by the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL) in the first round of the 1997 NFL Draft. And he played for them for three seasons.
He was convicted in 2001 of plotting the murder of his then-girlfriend Cherica Adams. Who was carrying his kid. He was freed from the Sampson Correctional Institution in Clinton. North Carolina, on October 22, 2018, after serving 18 years of an 18 to 24 year sentence. Including pre-trial incarceration.
Rae Carruth attended Valley High School; he was born in Sacramento. California, and reared there. He was granted admission to the University of Colorado Boulder in Boulder, Colorado. On a football scholarship.
Career in College
He participated in four seasons for the Buffaloes and was selected to the 1996 first team All-American. Future NFL players Kordell Stewart and Koy Detmer were his quarterbacks at CU. Carruth graduated with a degree in English and another subject. In his four seasons, Carruth caught 135 receptions for 2,540 yards and 11 touchdowns. Averaging 18.8 yards per grab.
The Carolina Panthers selected Carruth with the 27th. Overall choice in the first round of the 1997 NFL Draft. He agreed to a $3.7 million, four-year contract with a $1.3 million signing bonus.
In 1997, Carruth had a solid rookie campaign and made 14 starts. Caught 44 catches for 545 yards and four touchdowns while donning uniform number 89. Which matched him for first place among rookie receivers. He was a wide receiver on the all-rookie team.
He suffered a right foot fracture in the season opener of 1998. Which prevented him from catching any more passes that year. He had four catches for 59 yards at the end of the season (all on opening day). He took part in the first six contests.
Carruth’s boyfriend, Michelle Wright, gave birth to their son. Rae Jr. during his second year at Colorado. Wright filed a child support lawsuit against Carruth. And subsequently testified that she accepted his offer of $2,700 in child support—less. Than half of the amount the judge had mandated—on the condition that he become a better parent.
Van Brett Watkins Sr., a nightclub manager and acquaintance of Carruth. Shot Cherica Adams, a real estate agent he had been casually dating. Four times with a.357 caliber Charter Arms revolver on November 16, 1999. Close to his house in Charlotte, North Carolina. Adams was able to make a 911 call, and she reported that Carruth had stopped his car in front of hers. And that the driver of the car that had pulled up next to her had shot her. Then Carruth sped off after the incident.
At the time, Adams was eight months along with Carruth’s pregnancy. She entered a coma soon after being admitted to the hospital. The infant was delivered through emergency cesarean section by doctors. In exchange for posting $3 million bail and promising to bring himself up if Adams or the child perished, Carruth went to the police. On December 14, 1999, Adams died. The infant, called Chancellor Lee Adams. Lived but had cerebral palsy and lifelong brain damage as a result of being oxygen-deprived for 70 minutes prior to birth. At the age of 21. Chancellor Lee earned his high school diploma from Vance.
Carruth escaped as soon as Adams was killed. But he was apprehended on December 15 in West Tennessee after being discovered hiding. in a car trunk outside of a hotel in Parkers Crossroads. In addition, there were $3,900 in cash. vials of his urine, additional clothing, snack bars. And a cellphone in the trunk. Invoking a morals provision in his contract, the Panthers released him on December. And the NFL suspended him indefinitely the following day on December 17.
David Rudolf, Carruth’s Attorney
When Adams refused to terminate their unborn child, Carruth. According to the prosecution’s case at trial, hired Watkins and other people to kill Her. David Rudolf, Carruth’s attorney, said that Carruth was a victim of a botched narcotics transaction. They said that on the night of the killing, after Carruth had declined to provide funding for the drug deal, Watkins suddenly snapped and shot Adams after she “flipped him off” when he tried to inquire about Carruth’s location.
Carruth was found guilty of conspiring to murder someone, firing into a moving vehicle while it was occupied, and using a weapon to endanger an unborn child. He was spared from death by being judged not guilty of first-degree murder. Carruth received a jail term ranging from 18 years, 11 months to 24 years, 4 months.
For the murder of Cherica Adams, Van Brett Watkins Sr. received a jail term of a minimum of 40 years and a maximum of 50 years and 8 months.
The mother of Cherica Adams, Saundra Adams, received an apology letter from Carruth in 2018 via WBTV in Charlotte, North Carolina, after he had previously accused her of lying about him in interviews.
On October 22, 2018, Carruth was freed from prison after serving 18 years. After his release, he relocated to Pennsylvania.
After serving nearly 20 years in prison on a murder conspiracy charge, Rae Carruth was released.
Rae Carruth, a former wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers, was freed from prison on Monday after spending almost 19 years for planning to murder Cherica Adams, his girlfriend who was eight months along in a pregnancy.
As he left the North Carolina Sampson Correctional Prison, Carruth avoided speaking with media. He was originally given a jail term of 18 to 24 years for his role in the homicide.
Adams passed away one month after being the victim of a drive-by gunshot that Carruth had planned in 1999. Due to the gunshot, their baby was born with serious brain damage and cerebral palsy but lived following an emergency caesarean.
“I’m sorry for her daughter’s passing, Ms. I apologize for my son’s disability, Carruth said to WBTV. “I take full responsibility for all that occurred. And all I want to do is let her know how really sorry I am about everything.
Earlier this year, Carruth wrote a 15-page letter to Adams’ mother. When Carruth was imprisoned, Saundra Adams took care of her grandchild. He is currently 18 years old.
Carruth has said that he would like to take care of his son after his parole.
I should be taking care of my son. He ought to be raised by his mother, Carruth replied. “Ms. Adams shouldn’t be handling this, and I want to take back that duty.