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Carruth’s Assets To Be Examined

February 14, 2000

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ A judge wants to assess Rae Carruth’s assets to determine how much child support he should pay while awaiting trial for the murder of the boy’s mother.

A report by a court-appointed receiver is due Feb. 23 and will help Judge Yvonne Mims Evans decide how much money the former NFL player must provide for care of his infant son.

Carruth and his mother, Theodry Carruth, were in the courtroom when the move was announced. A hearing is scheduled Tuesday to discuss plans by prosecutors to seek the death penalty against Carruth and his codefendants.

Carruth and three other men are charged with first-degree murder in the drive-by shooting of Cherica Adams in her car Nov. 16. Hours later, she gave birth to Chancellor, who was 10 weeks premature. Adams died Dec. 14.

Adams’ mother, Saundra Adams, has temporary custody of the boy and wants permanent custody. In the meantime, Carruth is paying $3,000 a month in child support. His estimated $480,000 in assets remain frozen pending the outcome of the custody case. His lawyers want the money freed so he can pay legal fees.

The court receiver, Elizabeth Hodges, is expected to review Carruth’s 1999 tax return, put his Charlotte home up for sale and liquidate his 401(K) retirement plan.

``He wants to sell his house and liquidate his assets,″ Carruth’s lawyer, Kenneth Spaulding, told the judge. ``He wants to continue to support his children.″

Carruth also is paying $3,000 a month in child support for another son, Rae, 5, who lives with his mother in Sacramento, Calif.

Carruth, a 1997 first-round draft pick from Colorado, signed a four-year, $3.7 million contract and received a $1.3 million signing bonus. He was earning $38,382 a game until the Carolina Panthers waived him in December after he was charged.

Spaulding also asked Evans on Monday to approve a request by Carruth’s mother to visit her grandson so she can give him toys, pajamas and other presents from a baby shower she held in California.

``We’ve got a big bundle of love and support from Sacramento,″ she said after the hearing. ``Right now, all we’ve been able to send him is our prayers.″

Evans turned to Billie Ellerbe, Saundra Adams’ lawyer, and said, ``There will be a visit this week.″

``Yes, ma’am,″ he responded.

But as the two grandmothers left the courtroom, Theodry Carruth was unable to arrange a visitation site with Saundra Adams, who was rushing down the hallway with family members.

``You could bring him over to the house,″ Theodry Carruth said as Saundra Adams walked away.

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