Rae Carruth was once an NFL player for the Carolina Panthers and is currently serving time behind bars for a conviction of conspiracy to commit murder, shooting into an occupied vehicle and using an instrument to destroy an unborn child.
The original charges stemmed from a bizarre set of circumstances surrounding the death of his then pregnant girlfriend, Cherica Adams. On Nov. 16, 1999 Adams was found in her vehicle bleeding after being shot four times near Carruth’s home in Charlotte, North Carolina. The gun wounds were the results of a drive-by shooting that Carruth was later convicted of being connected to.
After the shooting occurred, Adams called 911 and described to police how Carruth had stopped his vehicle in front of hers, blocking her in while another vehicle drove up and fired bullets at her and her vehicle. After the gunshots, Carruth drove from the scene.
Adams was six months pregnant with Carruth’s child at the time of the shooting and although doctors were able to save the baby with an emergency C-section, Adams fell into a coma and died a month later.
Prior to that death of the mother, Carruth had posted a $3 million bail with the condition that if either the mother or child died, he would turn himself back in to police. Falling back on those conditions, Carruth went on the run and became a fugitive after Adams’ death.
Carruth was later captured in Tennessee while hiding and possibly living in the trunk of a car in the parking lot of a motel. When police located the ex-player in that trunk, they also confiscated almost $4,000 in cash, bottles used as a means of urination, snacks and a cell phone.
The case turned into a win for prosecutors and after being found guilty on several charges, Carruth was sentenced to an 18 to 24 year term behind bars. Currently stuck in a prison in North Carolina, Carruth has a release date scheduled in 2018.
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