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NFL Star Had Girlfriend Killed. 17 Years Later, He Speaks - Page 2

Rae Carruth breaks his silence, expresses desire to have custody of his son
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 20, 2018 8:08 AM CST
Updated Feb 24, 2018 5:30 PM CST

  • His relationship with Adams: WBTV notes that in the letter Carruth characterizes himself not as having been in a relationship with Adams but as having just "hooked-up" with her. (He has made this claim before.) He said he did press her to get an abortion but dropped it when she demurred. He doesn't discuss the events of Nov. 16, 1999.
  • The others: ESPN reports Carruth received an 18- to 24-year sentence. Van Brett Watkins, who served as the shooter, was handed a minimum of 40 years. Michael Kennedy drove the car and has been out since 2011. Stanley Abraham was in the car and has also completed his sentence.
  • The apology: "I'm apologizing for the loss of her daughter. I'm apologizing for the impairment of my son. I feel responsible for everything that happened. And I just want her to know that truly I am sorry for everything. ... Ms. Adams, I apologize, Ms. Adams, I take responsibility for what happened."
  • His son: Chancellor Lee Adams, now 18, was born with cerebral palsy and is being raised by his maternal grandmother, Saundra Adams. Carruth has only met him twice, years ago, but was encouraged by comments Saundra Adams has made about being at the prison with Chancellor on the day Carruth is released. He wants much more: To ultimately gain custody of his son, who requires care.
  • Specifically: The Washington Post quotes his letter as saying, "I mean come on, Ms. Adams, the reality is you aren't going to be around forever. At some point someone else will have to be responsible for Chancellor’s care. ... I would like to be in a position to be seriously considered as a viable option."

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