Rae Carruth's Girlfriend Dies
Dec. 14, 1999
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ The girlfriend of Carolina Panthers wide receiver Rae Currth died today almost a month after being wounded in a shooting that led to his arrest.
Cherica Adams died early this afternoon surrounded by family, said Scott White, a spokesman at Carolinas Medical Center. She was 24.
Police said warrants have been issued charging Carruth with first-degree murder. As of 2:40 p.m., Carruth had not been arrested.
Several days after the Nov. 16 shooting, Carruth and three other men were charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, attempted murder, and firing into an occupied vehicle.
A subsequent charge of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill was added the same day Carruth posted $3 million bail and was released from Mecklenburg County jail.
The other defendants are Stanley Abraham Jr., 19, Michael Kennedy, 24, and William Watkins, 44, all from Charlotte. They are still jailed with bond set at $1.5 million.
Adams was shot four times from a passing vehicle as she drove through a Charlotte neighborhood.
Prosecutors have said Carruth was in a car nearby at the time and the other three men were in a separate vehicle. Carruth and the others were in contact by cell phone, prosecutors indicted during preliminary court hearings and in court documents.
The shooting led to the emergency Caesarian section of delivery of Adams' baby boy, who was 10 weeks premature.
The condition of the baby, Chancellor Lee Adams, has improved in the weeks since the shooting. He was moved out of a neonatal intensive care nursery earlier this month.