Former NFL wide receiver Rae Carruth has been released from prison after serving 18 years for the murder of his then-pregnant girlfriend.
The former first-round draft pick of the Carolina Panthers was released from Sampson Correctional Institution in North Carolina early Monday morning.
“I’m excited about just being out of here,” stated Carruth just a few days before his release. “I’m nervous just about how I’ll be received by the public. I still have to work. I still have to live. I have to exist out there and it just seems like there is so much hate and negativity toward me.”
Carruth served his sentence of 18-to-24 years. He did not speak to reporters as he left the prison. He was the Carolina Panthers first round pick — 27th overall — in 1997 out of the University of Colorado.
On November 16, 1999, Carruth orchestrated a plot to kill Cherica Adams, whom he had been dating and was eight-months pregnant by Carruth. Adams was shot four times by Van Brett Watkins Sr., a night club manager and an associate of Carruth, not far from Carruth’s Charlotte home.
Adams’ and Carruth’s son, Chandler, survived — although born with Cerebral Palsy — and is now 19-years-old.