Former Panthers wide receiver Rae Carruth, convicted in 2001 of conspiring to murder his pregnant girlfriend, was released from a North Carolina prison Monday morning.
Rae Carruth walked out of Sampson Correctional Institution and back into the free world today. pic.twitter.com/IdRxPMSlaQ
— The Charlotte Observer (@theobserver) October 22, 2018
North Carolina Department of Public Safety spokesman Jerry Higgins told The Associated Press that Carruth, 44, will enter a ninth-month post-release program that requires special permission from a case officer to leave the state or the country.
Speaking to WSOC-TV last week, Carruth said: “I just truly want to be forgiven. 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.”
Cherica Adams was shot four times Nov. 16, 1999, in Charlotte, N.C. She later died from her injuries. Chancellor Lee Adams, the baby Adams was carrying, was delivered by emergency cesarean section and was diagnosed with permanent brain damage and cerebral palsy.
Carruth was arrested nine days after the shooting when authorities found him in the trunk of a car in Tennessee.
In a letter published by WBTV in February, Carruth said he wants a relationship with Chancellor, who turns 19 next month.
“I let him down as he came into this world and the only way that I can make that right and the only way I can work out my relationship with my son is to be there for him,” Carruth wrote.