With eight months until his prison release, former Carolina Panthers WR Rae Carruth apologizes to the family of the woman he conspired to murder.
Ex-Carolina Panthers wide receiver and first-round pick Rae Carruth, eight-months away from his release from prison after conspiring to murder the pregnant mother of his son, issued an open letter to his son’s family, apologizing for his part in the death of Cherica Adams.
Arrested in 1999, Carruth was charged with masterminding the plan to kill Adams. She was shot multiple times and ultimately died in the hospital. This, after giving birth to her son, Chancellor, who suffers from cerebral palsy.
Chancellor was raised and is under the care of his grandmother, Saundra Adams. Carruth said to WBTV that since Ms. Adams has never returned his messages from prison, he decided to make his feelings public. In 2001, Carruth was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder, and is schedule for release October 22 of this year.
“I feel like if I did it in the open, it would put an end to the lies. If I say publicly, ‘Ms. Adams, I apologize, Ms. Adams, I take responsibility for what happened, that she can no longer get on television and do an interview and say Rae has never apologized to me,” Carruth said.
While he didn’t go into any detail regarding his own role in the death of Cherica Adams, Carruth did take his share of responsibility.
“I’m apologizing for the loss of her daughter. I’m apologizing for the impairment of my son,” said Carruth. “I feel responsible for everything that happened. And I just want her to know that truly I am sorry for everything, . . .
“If I could change anything, I’d change the whole situation. His mother would still be here and I wouldn’t be where I’m at. So that’s what I’d want to change. I want the incident to never have happened at all,” he stated.
He also said he would like to be able to be a father to his son once he’s released from prison, though he is resigned to the fact that he’ll be a “social pariah.”
“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 said.
It is entirely unclear if Carruth will see his hopes realized, or whether he’ll even be afforded the opportunity. However, once October 22 arrives, Carruth will have served his debt to society, and he seems to be laying the groundwork to atonement of his actions nearly 20 years ago.