Rae Carruth played for the Carolina Panthers.

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

November 16, 1999, After leaving a movie theatre in south Charlotte, he stopped his car in front of hers and another car pulled up beside her and the inhabitants of the car shot her.

Adams was eight months pregnant with Carruth’s child at the time. Soon after her admission to the hospital, she told police that Rae did this and 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. Adams died on December 14, 1999. The baby, named Chancellor Lee Adams, survived, but suffered permanent brain damage and cerebral palsy due to being without oxygen for 70 minutes before he was born

He initially went to police and posted bail on the condition that if either Cherica or the baby died, he would turn himself in.  She died a few weeks later.  HE fled and was found the next day in the trunk of a car outside of a motel near Nashville.

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


The others involved got longer sentences.