Former NFL wide receiver Rae Carruth was released from prison Monday morning after serving an 18-year sentence for conspiring to murder the mother of his unborn child.
Carruth, 44, was found guilty of orchestrating a plot to kill Cherica Adams in 1999 to avoid paying child support. Adams was shot four times while driving her car, but she managed to make a 911 call that helped implicate Carruth in the scheme. Adams died less than a month later.
The child she was carrying, Chancellor Lee Adams, was delivered by emergency cesarean section. However, the child suffers from permanent brain damage and cerebral palsy.
Carruth has said he wants a relationship with his son, but the grandmother who raises him said she would never allow Carruth to gain custody.
“I'm nervous just about how I'll be received by the public. I still have to work. I still have to live. I have to exist out there and it just seems like there is so much hate and negativity toward me,” he said.