Former Carolina Panthers receiver Rae Carruth released from prison after 18 years

Former Carolina Panthers receiver Rae Carruth released from prison after 18 years

Former Carolina Panthers receiver Rae Carruth released from prison after 18 years

The former National Football League wide receiver was released from prison Monday after serving more than 18 years for conspiring to murder the mother of his unborn child.

Carruth was a good player in his time with the Carolina Panthers, but he threw it all away when he planned out a plot to kill his pregnant girlfriend and their unborn child.

The former Carolina Panthers wide receiver, ex-girlfriend, Cherica Adams, was seven months pregnant with Carruth's son on November 16, 1999 when she was shot while driving in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Carruth, 44, left the Sampson Correctional Institution in Clinton, N.C., at 8 a.m. ET without speaking to reporters gathered near the exit. Twitter has been relentless since the news broke and we've collected some of the reactions below.

After his conviction, Carruth did an interview with CNN, saying he and Adams were never a couple. He was found not guilty of first-degree murder. "I hope he can have a real relationship with Chancellor going forward". "And I want still for him to meet his son". "His mother should be raising her son".

After a nationwide manhunt, Carruth was captured in Tennessee in December 1999 and arrested for a second time.

'I've apologized to Ms. Adams for the loss of her daughter and taken responsibility for what happened, ' he said. The verdicts came back after four days of deliberations.

"If I could change anything, I'd change the whole situation", Carruth wrote in the letter, obtained by WBTV. This infuriated Saundra Adams, who said at the time Carruth would never get primary custody of the son he once wanted dead.

"Chancellor will be raised either by me, or, after I'm gone, by someone else who loves him and who knows him".

Carruth reversed course in a later letter to the Charlotte Observer, saying he understood his initial suggestion was a mistake and telling everyone to "please calm down" because he would not pursue custody of Chancellor Lee. The two drove in separate vehicles with Carruth tailing behind her. He was captured in the trunk of a auto in a hotel parking lot in Tennessee.

In 2000, while in jail, the former English major at Colorado wrote a poem called "How It Feels To Be Caged".

"Because its impossible to conceive unless youve lived on both sides of the cage". After Adams died, Carruth, who had been free on $3 million bond, went into hiding, failing to turn himself in. His future relationship with the son he was convicted of trying to kill is also muddy.

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