On the night of November 16, 1999, Former Carolina Rae Carruth, became a murder. His son, Chancellor Lee Adams, was born shortly after. The story begins back in Charlotte, during Rae Carruth’s 3rd season in the NFL. Carruth’s rookie season with the Panthers was decent. Not too much of a standout player but he belonged in the league. His next season, he would be sidelined by a foot injury he suffered in the first game of the year. During his 3rd season, he began dating Cherica Adams. The two had only been dating for a short while before Cherica got pregnant. Rae wasn’t very happy when he found out about her pregnancy. According to Cherica’s grandmother, Saundra Adams, Carruth wanted her to have an abortion but she told him no. Things got extremely worse after that. Rae Carruth had no intentions of having that baby. It was then he decided that he would have to get rid of Cherica, permanently.
By November 16, 1999, Cherica had been about 8 months pregnant. That night, she and Rae decided to go on a date to see the movie “The Bone Collector.” Instead of driving together, the couple decided on taking separate vehicles to the theater. After the movie was over, Cherica got inside her car, and followed Rae in his. As Rae drove his car down a road, he suddenly came to a stop. Cherica stopped immediately behind him; probably wondering why Rae stopped abruptly. Out of nowhere, a car pulled alongside of Cherica’s BMW, and the man inside, (Van Brett Watkins Sr.) shot at her 4 times. She was hit by 3 of the bullets, but luckily, her unborn child was not. Once she had been shot enough times, Rae, and his FRIEND Van Brett Watkins Sr., drove away, and left Cherica Adams there to die!
Cherica had no plans to die. She would find her phone and call 911, despite being shot 3 times and bleeding everywhere. She would build up enough strength to tell the dispatcher that she had been shot and that she knew exactly who the killer was. She described where she was, so that they would be able to find her. But the most important thing that was said to the dispatcher, “I was following my baby’s daddy, Rae Carruth, the football player.”
When she got to the hospital, Cherica would fall into a coma. At that time, the doctors decided it would be best to perform an emergency C-section in order to save her son’s life. Her son would suffer permanent brain damage and cerebral palsy due to being without oxygen for 70 minutes before he was born. Cherica Adams survived in her coma for a little less than a month. She died on December 14th, 1999.
After Cherica Adams death, Rae tried to make a run for it, and leave town. His dumbass must have realized he be convicted of murdering his wife, even though he didn’t actually pull the trigger. It only took 1 day for police to catch up to sorry ass. They found the Rae hiding in the trunk of a car outside of a motel in West Tennessee. In the Trunk was $3,900 in cash, bottles of his own urine, extra clothes, candy bars and a cell phone. He had no clue what he was doing. He was arrested immediately. According to Wikipedia, Rae Carruth was found guilty to conspiracy to commit murder, shooting into an occupied vehicle, and using and instrument to destroy and unborn child. He was sentenced to 18 to 24 years in prison. Van Brett Watkins Sr., got 40 years for shooting Cherica Adams. Rae Carruth projected release date from prison, is October 22, 2018. His son will be 18 years old. It will be interesting to see if Rae reaches out to him after all he has done to him and his family.
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