NFL Star Leaves Prison 19 Years After Girlfriend's Death

Rae Carruth served 18 years in connection with Cherica Adams' murder
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2018 11:46 AM CDT
Former Carolina Panthers NFL football player Rae Carruth, center rear, exits the Sampson Correctional Institution in Clinton, NC, Monday, Oct. 22, 2018.   (Jeff Siner/The Charlotte Observer via AP)
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(Newser) – "Rae was picked up by family this morning, and that's about all we're going to say right now." That was the statement made by a friend on behalf of Rae Carruth, the former Carolina Panther imprisoned 18 years ago in connection with the 1999 murder of pregnant girlfriend Cherica Adams. Carruth was released from North Carolina's Sampson Correctional Institution just after 8am Monday. His exit didn't provide much in the way of new information: USA Today reports the 44-year-old chose not to speak to the media gathered outside the minimum-security facility as he climbed into a Chevy Tahoe driven by an unnamed person. The tires "screeched" as he left the premises.

  • The Charlotte Observer points out that one key person wasn't there: Chancellor Lee. Lee is the son born to Adams on the night she was shot in Charlotte. He was born with cerebral palsy due to the shooting and is being raised by his maternal grandmother, Saundra Adams, who in 2016 told the paper she and Lee intended to be waiting at the gates when Carruth—who has only twice met his son, years ago—was released. But on Sunday, Adams told the paper they would not be there, though she says it's possible Carruth may still be able to see his son at some point.

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