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Carruth and Three Others Indicted

December 7, 1999

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ Carolina Panthers wide receiver Rae Carruth and three others were indicted Monday on charges they plotted to kill the player’s pregnant girlfriend.

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg County grand jury indicted the men on conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, attempted murder and shooting into an occupied vehicle.

At the request of prosecutors, the grand jury also indicted the four on an additional charge of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to inflict serious injury.

The additional charge gives authorities an opportunity to raise the amount of the bond for the defendants, all of whom have been held at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg jail since their arrests.

The four are charged in the Nov. 16 attack on Cherica Adams, who was shot four times from a passing vehicle as she drove through a Charlotte neighborhood.

Carruth, 25, is being held on $3 million bond. Stanley D. Abraham Jr., 19, Michael Kennedy, 24, and William Watkins, 44, all from Charlotte, are held on $1.5 million bond.

Adams and her baby, Chancellor Lee Adams, who was 10 weeks short of full term when he was delivered by emergency Caesarean section shortly after the shooting, remained at Carolinas Medical Center on Monday.

Cherica Adams is in critical condition, and her son was upgraded last week to serious condition.

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