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Ex-NFL Player Rae Carruth Pens 15-Page Letter Apologizing For Plotting To Kill His Pregnant Girlfriend Back In 1999

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Former NFL player Rae Carruth has broken his 17-year silence to apologize from behind bars for his role in the death of his pregnant girlfriend, Cherica Adams.

In case you're unfamiliar, Adams died back in December 1999 after complications from gunshot wounds. The ex-Carolina Panthers wide receiver was found guilty of hiring Van Brett Watkins and Michael Kennedy to murder Adams, who ultimately died a month later. Her and Rae's son, Chancellor Lee Adams, was born prematurely and has battled cerebral palsy as a result of his traumatic birth.

The motive of the arranged shooting is unconfirmed, but Carruth has said he was motivated by Adams' reluctance to get an abortion.

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Now, Carruth is accepting responsibility for Adams' murder and the challenges Chancellor is facing. With that said, he's now asking the victim's mother, Saundra Adams, who has been raising Chancellor for the past 18 years, for custody when he is released from prison in October in a 15-page letter.

Carruth told a local Charlotte news station:

"I'm apologizing for the loss of her daughter. I'm apologizing for the impairment of my son. I feel responsible for everything that happened. And I just want her to know that truly I am sorry for everything."

He went on:

"I should be raising my son. His mother should be raising her son. Ms. Adams should not be doing this and I want that responsibility back. I feel like he might not ever have his mother in his life but he could still have me and I could still make a difference and I don't think that's anyone's responsibility when I'm still here."

Adams responded by saying

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