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Former NFL player Rae Carruth released from prison after serving 18 years for killing his pregnant girlfriend

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 10/22/2018 David Boroff
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Former NFL player Rae Carruth is out of prison after serving 18 years for the slaying of his pregnant girlfriend.

The former first-round draft pick was released from Sampson Correctional Institution in North Carolina early Monday.

"I’m excited about just being out of here," he told WSOC by phone 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."

Now 44, Carruth was found guilty of orchestrating a plot to kill Cherica Adams on Nov. 16, 1999, to avoid paying child support. Adams was shot four times while driving her car in Charlotte, but managed to make a 911 call that pointed the finger at the NFL player.

Adams, eight months pregnant, died less than a month later after the shooting. The child she was carrying was delivered, but suffers from permanent brain damage and cerebral palsy.

Carruth has said he wants to have a relationship with son Chancellor, who remains in the custody of his grandmother. Saundra Adams had said she would be there when Carruth got out of prison, but she was not there on Monday.

The former wide receiver was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in 1997. Panthers center Frank Garcia said players were stunned when they heard the news of about his possible involvement in the murder.

"It would be like finding out the guy sitting in the cubicle next to you at work was arrested for murder," Garcia said. "You just don't always know people as well as you think you do."

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