Rae Carruth, a former first-round pick by the Carolina Panthers, is seeking custody of his son despite serving time after being found guilty of conspiring to murder. She was shot four times in the auto she was driving as she was following Carruth home after a night at the movies. Carruth has met his son, Chancellor Lee Adams, twice.
Before speaking over the phone from Sampson Correctional Institution, Carruth penned an open-letter to Saundra Adams and sent it to WBTV.
Saundra Adams responded directly to Carruth's wish.
In January 2001, Carruth was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder, shooting into an occupied dwelling and using an instrument to destroy an unborn child. He lives with his grandmother, Saundra Adams, who has raised him since birth.More news: Amazon's latest Prime perk: 5% cash back at Whole Foods
Carruth's letter makes it very clear who he feels should be in custody of his son: "I should be raising my son".
"Chancellor will be raised either by me or, after I'm gone, by someone else who loves him and who knows him", she said. "I want the incident to never have happened at all". Adams called 911 after being shot, and the recording of her account of having gone to see a movie with him before following his vehicle home, only to have him stop unexpectedly, allowing the shooter's auto to pull up alongside her, was a major factor in his conviction.
And now he's criticizing the grandmother who has been raising his son, Saundra Adams.
Sort of. "I'm apologizing for the loss of her daughter", he said. Because he says this way he can publicly let everyone know that he has apologized "for the death of her daughter", and she will no longer be able to say that "he has never apologized". "And I just want her to know that truly I am sorry for everything".More news: Steam's wishlist tool has had an overhaul
Carruth, a former first-round pick by Carolina, was sentenced to 18 to 24 years in prison in 2001, and he has remained almost silent about that episode, including at his trial, when he did not take the stand. "I'm apologizing for the impairment of my son". "Ms. Adams should not be doing this and I want that responsibility back", he said. Carruth didn't testify at his own trial, and he's done only one interview. "I could have done a better job of keeping Cherica and Chancellor out of harm's way".
Carruth spoke exclusively to WBTV's Sarah-Blake Morgan from behind bars, his first public comments since 2001.
"If I could change anything, I'd change the whole situation", Carruth said in the interview. His mother would still be here and I wouldn't be where I'm at.
Carruth wrote the letter to "force the media and public alike" to start challenging Adams "on the truthfulness of the statements" that she has made about him, "claims of forgiveness" and her "insincerity" concerning Chancellor and Carruth "having a relationship going forward". "And the number one answer that I had was I didn't have a relationship with God", Carruth told WBTV.More news: Apple's new spaceship campus has one flaw
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