Remember Rae Carruth? He Will Be Released From Prison Monday

October 21, 2018  |  

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CHARLOTTE, MD – NOVEMBER 2: Rae Carruth #83 of the Carolina Panthers during a NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders on November 2, 1997 at Ericsson Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Rae Curruth, the former Carolina Panthers player who was sentenced to 18 to 24 years for the murder of his girlfriend and their unborn child in 1997, will be released Monday, October 22nd. After 17 years and 11 months of good behavior, Carruth will be released from the 17 years in the Sampson Correctional Institution in Clinton, North Carolina.

On November 16th, 1999, Cherica Adams, who was pregnant with their child, was killed by Van Brett Watkins in Charlotte, NC. Watkins had been hired by Carruth after he decided he did not want Adams to have his child. Watkins was sentenced to 40 years. Adams succumbed to her wounds about a month later after being in a coma, but her child survived. Chancellor Lee Adams, who is now 17, suffers from cerebral palsy due to the oxygen and blood loss he suffered while he was in his mother’s womb and is cared for by his grandmother, Saundra Adams.

Now that the 44-year-old disgraced NFL player will be released from prison, he wants the opportunity to be the father he was not able to be to his son. Earlier this year, he told WBTV that he petitioned Adams for visitation and wants custody of his son.

“I let him down as he came into this world and the only way that I can make that right and the only way I can work out my relationship with my son is to be there for him,” he told WBTV in a phone interview. “I should be raising my son. His mother should be raising her son. Ms. Adams should not be doing this and I want that responsibility back. I feel like he might not ever have his mother in his life but he could still have me and I could still make a difference and I don’t think that’s anyone’s responsibility when I’m still here.”

Saundra Adams, left, and Chancellor Lee Adams on November 4, 2015, in Weddington, N.C. on November 4, 2014. Chancellor is the son of former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Rae Carruth and the late Cherica Adams. He celebrated his 16th birthday on November 16, with his grandmother. (Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/TNS via Getty Images)

Chancellor will be 18 soon, but with him having cerebral palsy, he will always need someone to care for him. Adams did say that she is open to her grandson building a relationship with Carruth but custody is not up for discussion.

“I’ve forgiven Rae already, but to have any type of relationship with him, there does have to be some repentance,” she told the Charlotte Observer. “And I think this opens the door. But I can say definitively he’s not ever going to have custody of Chancellor. Chancellor will be raised either by me or, after I’m gone, by someone else who loves him and who knows him. He will never be raised by a stranger – someone he doesn’t know and who tried to kill him.”




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