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After spend 17 years in prison for conspiracy to murder his pregnant girlfriend, Cherica Adams, former Carolina Panthers player, Rae Carruth, is set to be released in October. In a letter to Adams‘ mother, Carruth wrote a letter apologizing for his involvement of his girlfriend’s death in 1999 and shared interest in gaining custody of their 18-year old son.

“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.”

Carruth was found guilty of hiring two men (Van Watkins and Michael Kennedy) to kill Adams, who died a month after the shooting. Their son, Chancellor, had to be delivered via an emergency c-section. This led to him battling issued from cerebal palsy.

Cherica Adams mother, Saundra, has been raising the now 18 year-old, Chancellor. In previous interviews she said she wanted to be present when Rae is released. When he is released, he wants custody of their child.

“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.”

Saundra Adams told The Observer on Monday that “I’ve forgiven Rae already, but to have any type of relationship with him, there does have to be some repentance. And I think this opens the door. But I can say definitively he’s not ever going to have custody of Chancellor. Chancellor will be raised either by me or, after I’m gone, by someone else who loves him and who knows him. He will never be raised by a stranger — someone he doesn’t know and who tried to kill him.”

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