>> Former NFL player Rae Carruth was released from prison Monday morning after serving more than 18 years for conspiring to murder the mother of his unborn child in 1999. Carruth was driven away from the Clinton, North Carolina prison to begin a nine month post release program. In the late 90s, Carruth had a promising NFL career.
He was a first round draft pick of the Carolina Panthers, where he played as their wide receiver, but during his third season with the Panthers at the age of 25, his football career and life of freedom came to an abrupt end. Carruth was found guilty of orchestrating the murder of Cherica Adams who was eight months pregnant with his child.
Carruth paid this man, Van Brett Watkins, $6,000 to kill Adams so the football player wouldn't have to pay child support. Adams was shot four times but she was able to incriminate Carruth via 911 call. She fell into a coma and died a month later, but her son survived.
He is now 18 years old with permanent brain damage and cerebral palsy. Carruth has indicated that he wants to be involved in his son's life.