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January 16, 2001 | STEVE HENSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rae Carruth didn't want this. Not the woman carrying his child to be shot four times and implicate him before enduring a slow, agonizing death. The former NFL receiver surely didn't envision sweating through a 12-week trial on first-degree murder charges that could bring him the death penalty.
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February 15, 2001 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Former NFL player Rae Carruth said in a televised interview that he and the pregnant woman he was convicted of conspiring to kill were little more than sex partners. "I didn't even know her last name until we went to Lamaze class," Carruth said in an interview to air tonight on CNN's "Sports Tonight" and on CNN/Sports Illustrated. Carruth, 27, is serving a sentence at the Nash Correctional Institution in Nash County, about 40 miles east of Raleigh, N.C.
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January 23, 2001 | STEVE HENSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former NFL player Rae Carruth was sentenced Monday to 24 years, four months, in prison, without possibility of parole, on three charges related to the shooting death of his pregnant girlfriend. The sentence, handed down in Charlotte, N.C., after the court had heard emotional testimony from the victim's parents, was near the maximum Judge Charles Lamm could have imposed.
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January 23, 2001 | STEVE HENSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former NFL player Rae Carruth was sentenced Monday to 24 years, four months, in prison, without possibility of parole, on three charges related to the shooting death of his pregnant girlfriend. The sentence, handed down in Charlotte, N.C., after the court had heard emotional testimony from the victim's parents, was near the maximum Judge Charles Lamm could have imposed.
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January 16, 2001 | STEVE HENSON
KEY PEOPLE IN THE MURDER TRIAL OF FORMER NFL PLAYER RAE CARRUTH RAE CARRUTH A first-round pick of the Carolina Panthers in 1997, Carruth signed a four-year, $3.7-million contract and led NFL rookies with 44 catches. He was injured most of the next two seasons until his arrest in November 1999. Carruth, 26, could face the death penalty. CHERICA ADAMS Carruth's pregnant girlfriend was murdered at age 24, but lived long enough to deliver her baby boy, Chancellor Lee Adams.
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November 30, 1999 | Associated Press
Carolina Panther receiver Rae Carruth, charged in the shooting of his pregnant girlfriend, cannot pay his $3-million bail, his mother said. Theodry Carruth, speaking by telephone from her California home Monday, called the sum "very unfair." "Rae does not have that kind of money," she said. "You almost feel like they were just trying to break him." Carruth has a base salary this year of $652,000.
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January 19, 2001 | STEVE HENSON
The judge in the Rae Carruth murder trial Thursday ordered deadlocked jurors to continue deliberations. Jurors had met for about 12 hours over three days when they informed Judge Charles Lamm before lunch that they were at an impasse on all four counts. They did not indicate the numerical split. Carruth, a former Carolina Panther receiver, is charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of his pregnant girlfriend, Cherica Adams. He could be sentenced to death if convicted.
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December 16, 1999 | From Associated Press
Rae Carruth was arrested Wednesday night in western Tennessee, where police found him hiding in the trunk of a friend's car a day after he failed to surrender on a murder charge in the shooting death of his girlfriend. Authorities said they had received tips that the Carolina Panther wide receiver could be found at a motel at Wildersville, about 100 miles northeast of Memphis, the FBI said. FBI agents staked out the motel Wednesday afternoon.
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January 18, 2001 | STEVE HENSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jurors in the Rae Carruth murder trial might consider a compromise verdict as they enter their third day of deliberations. There are four charges against Carruth, including first-degree murder punishable by the death penalty. The former Carolina Panther receiver is accused of masterminding the murder of his pregnant girlfriend, Cherica Adams, on Nov. 15, 1999.
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August 1, 2000 | From Associated Press
The man accused of shooting the girlfriend of former Carolina Panther receiver Rae Carruth pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and other charges Monday, a prosecutor said. Van Brett Watkins also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, intent to kill an unborn child and shooting into occupied property, said assistant district attorney Gentry Caudill. Watkins admitted in court that he fired the gun that killed Cherica Adams, Caudill said.
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January 21, 2001 | From Associated Press
Clark Pennell, the jury foreman in the Rae Carruth murder trial, praised his colleagues for their ability to focus on key evidence in the complicated case and come to a united, not compromised, verdict. Pennell said Saturday that the jury worked together to reach a verdict that didn't force anyone in the group to surrender his or her individual principles.
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January 20, 2001 | STEVE HENSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a compromise verdict Friday, former Carolina Panther Rae Carruth was acquitted of first-degree murder but convicted on three lesser charges in the shooting of his pregnant girlfriend. Carruth, who turned 27 today, faces a sentence of 10 to 26 years. However, he avoided being convicted of murder, for which he could have faced the death penalty. The sentencing hearing begins Monday.
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January 19, 2001 | STEVE HENSON
The judge in the Rae Carruth murder trial Thursday ordered deadlocked jurors to continue deliberations. Jurors had met for about 12 hours over three days when they informed Judge Charles Lamm before lunch that they were at an impasse on all four counts. They did not indicate the numerical split. Carruth, a former Carolina Panther receiver, is charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of his pregnant girlfriend, Cherica Adams. He could be sentenced to death if convicted.
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January 18, 2001 | STEVE HENSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jurors in the Rae Carruth murder trial might consider a compromise verdict as they enter their third day of deliberations. There are four charges against Carruth, including first-degree murder punishable by the death penalty. The former Carolina Panther receiver is accused of masterminding the murder of his pregnant girlfriend, Cherica Adams, on Nov. 15, 1999.
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January 16, 2001 | STEVE HENSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rae Carruth didn't want this. Not the woman carrying his child to be shot four times and implicate him before enduring a slow, agonizing death. The former NFL receiver surely didn't envision sweating through a 12-week trial on first-degree murder charges that could bring him the death penalty.
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January 16, 2001 | STEVE HENSON
KEY PEOPLE IN THE MURDER TRIAL OF FORMER NFL PLAYER RAE CARRUTH RAE CARRUTH A first-round pick of the Carolina Panthers in 1997, Carruth signed a four-year, $3.7-million contract and led NFL rookies with 44 catches. He was injured most of the next two seasons until his arrest in November 1999. Carruth, 26, could face the death penalty. CHERICA ADAMS Carruth's pregnant girlfriend was murdered at age 24, but lived long enough to deliver her baby boy, Chancellor Lee Adams.
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November 21, 2000 | From Associated Press
Rae Carruth wanted his pregnant girlfriend killed because she wouldn't get an abortion, a prosecutor said Monday as the former football player's murder trial opened. "He wanted her to have an abortion, but she was adamant in her refusal. She wanted to have that baby," Gentry Caudill told the jury. A defense attorney blamed the shooting on a friend of Carruth's who was angry because Carruth would not provide money to buy marijuana.
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October 19, 2000 | Times Wire Services
Attorneys for former Carolina receiver Rae Carruth claim his pregnant girlfriend was fatally shot by a friend of his who was angry because the athlete refused to finance a drug deal. A 16-page motion filed Wednesday, five days before jury selection is to begin in Carruth's murder trial, claims confessed triggerman Van Brett Watkins fatally shot Cherica Adams when she made an obscene gesture at him, not because Carruth paid to have her killed.
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December 23, 2000 | From Associated Press
The man who admitted killing Rae Carruth's girlfriend said he shot Cherica Adams because he was angry, not because Carruth paid him to attack the woman, a jailer who guarded the defendants testified Friday. Shirley Riddle, a deputy sergeant with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Department, said Van Brett Watkins told her he shot Adams, who was eight months pregnant, because he was mad at Carruth for backing out of a drug deal. "It was Rae's fault," she said Watkins told her in December 1999.
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December 21, 2000 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The man who admitted shooting Rae Carruth's pregnant girlfriend testified Wednesday in Charlotte, N.C., that the former NFL player planned the slaying for six months. Van Brett Watkins was called by defense attorneys, who apparently hoped he would confirm a jailhouse statement that he shot Cherica Adams because he was angry at Carruth. Instead, Watkins said the former Carolina Panther receiver planned the attack. "I was very afraid of Rae Carruth," Watkins said. "He made me do it."
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