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1997: First Round Draft Pick: Rae Carruth –wide receiver– Carolina Panthers.

Rae Carruth (Photo: Getty)

In 2001, Carruth was found guilty of conspiring to murder his then-girlfriend Cherica Adams, who was pregnant with his child.

Cherica Adams

Nov. 16, 1999: Carruth and Cherica went on a date in south Charlotte. Carruth stopped his car in front of Charica’s vehicle and another car pulled up beside her. The passenger of that vehicle shot her multiple times.

Cherica was eight months pregnant with Carruth’s child at the time. Soon after her admission to the hospital, she told police that Carruth was involved in the shooting. Cherica soon fell into a coma. Doctors delivered the baby via emergency caesarean section. Carruth went to the police and posted a $3 million bail, on condition that if either Adams or the infant died, he would turn himself in. Cherica died on Dec. 14, 1999. The baby, Chancellor Lee Adams, survived, but suffered permanent brain damage and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy due to being without oxygen for 70 minutes before he was born.

Chancellor Lee Adams

Cherica died a few weeks later. Carruth did not turn himself in. He fled and was found the next day in the trunk of a car outside of a motel near Nashville.

Rae Carruth

Chancellor, has been raised by his grandmother (Saundra).  He and Saundra are beloved by the community.