Back in the late ‘90s, Rae Carruth seemed to have it all. A talented football player, Carruth was selected by the Carolina Panthers in the first round of the 1997 NFL Draft. He also made the NFL All-Rookie Team after a solid season.
But then came the conspiracy to murder his pregnant girlfriend.
In 1999, Carruth conspired with a gunman to murder his girlfriend, 24-year old Cherica Adams, who was 8 months pregnant with his child.
According to authorities, Carruth planned a movie date night with his girlfriend and made sure that they took separate vehicles. Once the movie was over and they departed in their vehicles, Carruth blocked Adams’ car so the gunman could get a clear shot. Adams took four bullets.
Despite being shot four times, Adams was able to dial 911 and emergency personnel whisped her to the hospital. An emergency C-section saved the baby, but Cherica died 4 weeks later.
Due to the trauma, the baby was born with severe cerebral palsy and has been cared for by Cherica’s mother, Sandra, for his whole life.
Carruth was supposed to turn himself into police on several criminal charges but ran instead. Authorities found him hiding in the trunk of a car in Tennessee.
He was convicted of conspiracy to murder, attempting to destroy an unborn child and discharging a firearm into occupied property. He was sentenced 18 to 24 years in prison.
Now, 19 years later, Carruth is about to be released from prison. At 44 years old, he told a reporter that he was “excited” to get out but nervous about how he would be accepted back into society by the public because there is “so much hate and negativity toward me.”
Yeah, Rae, and every ounce of it is warranted. After killing an innocent woman and damaging the entire life of a child, it’s hard to see evil like Rae Carruth legitimately walking the streets again.