After Nearly 2 Decades In Prison, Rae Carruth Set To Be Released

Silvia Morton
October 23, 2018

Carruth admits he's nervous and concerned about how he will be received by the public when he is released from prison.

The 44-year-old was released from prison in North Carolina Monday morning after serving more than 18 years for conspiring to murder the mother of his unborn child.

Saundra Adams told the Charlotte Observer earlier this year that she would "leave the door open" for a potential relationship with Carruth.

Carruth was found guilt of conspiracy to commit the murder of his pregnant girlfriend, who was eight months pregnant with Carruth's child at the time.

Rudolf is referring to Van Brett Watkins, the man convicted of shooting and killing Cherica Adams in November 1999.

The child she was carrying, Chancellor Lee Adams, was delivered by emergency cesarean section but suffers from permanent brain damage and cerebral palsy.

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Chancellor Lee Adams and his grandmother Saundra Adams at Freedom Park in Charlotte in early November previous year.

Saundra Adams has previously said she would forgive Carruth and could even allow him to have a relationship with his son - although he will never be allowed custody. "I have to exist out there and it just seems like there is so much hate and negativity toward me".

Carruth and his attorney continue to dispute that claim. Finding him not guilty of first-degree murder meant that the death penalty was off the table and paved the way for his 18-to-24-year sentence. "I still have to work". So that's what I'd want to change.

In recent interviews, Carruth has been attempting to make amends and says he wants to build a connection with Chancellor. He said he hoped to, "try to be the father that I should have been from day one", but chose to "no longer be pursuing a relationship with Chancellor and Ms. Adams". I really do. We can talk about how this has affected my life and my family and what it's been like to go through the 19 years.

"Chancellor will be raised either by me or, after I'm gone, by someone else who loves him and who knows him", Adams continued. Kennedy, who drove the vehicle, was released in 2011.

Carruth, 44, was released from a minimum-custody facility at Sampson Correctional Institution in Clinton, where roughly a dozen news trucks and throngs of reporters awaited the former National Football League first-round pick's release, the Charlotte Observer reports.

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