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November 27, 1999 | Daily News Wire Services
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Rae Carruth and two other men were arraigned yesterday on charges they planned and carried out the drive-by shooting of the player's pregnant girlfriend. Mecklenburg County (N.C.) District Judge C. Jerome Leonard set bond at $1.5 million for each of the three defendants. Last night, he raised Carruth's bond to $3 million. Carruth, 25, the Panthers' first-round draft choice in 1997, and William Watkins, 44, of Charlotte, were arrested Thursday and charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, attempted murder and shooting into an occupied vehicle.
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October 30, 2000 | Daily News Wire Services
An ex-girlfriend of Rae Carruth told police the former Carolina Panthers wide receiver confided he had seen his pregnant girlfriend shot, left the scene and worried he'd be implicated, according to reports published yesterday. Candace Smith told police in June that Carruth so strongly disliked Cherica Adams that he wished for her death, the Charlotte Observer and CNN/Sports Illustrated reported. Smith also said Carruth told her in earlier conversations he should have someone "beat her up or kick her in the stomach and make her have a miscarriage.
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December 18, 1999 | Daily News Wire Services
With Rae Carruth behind bars again, authorities shifted their focus to arranging his return to North Carolina to face a murder charge in the shooting death of his pregnant girlfriend. The victim's family arranged Cherica Adams's funeral, which is scheduled for today in Charlotte. Carruth, a first round draft choice out of Colorado in 1997, was waived by the Carolina Panthers Thursday. The NFL suspended the wide receiver indefinitely. Federal authorities said they were dropping an unlawful flight warrant naming Carruth, captured Wednesday in Wildersville, Tenn.
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March 22, 2005 | Daily News Wire Services
Former Carolina Panthers player Rae Carruth was denied a request for a new trial in the 1999 shooting death of his pregnant girlfriend. Judge Charles C. Lamm Jr. yesterday rejected defense arguments that a 911 call made by Cherica Adams moments after her shooting should not have been allowed into evidence at Carruth's 2000 trial. Lamm's six-page ruling concluded that the tape of the call was properly introduced and did not violate Carruth's constitutional right to be able to confront his accuser.
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January 17, 2001 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Jurors began deliberating the murder case against Rae Carruth yesterday after a prosecutor said the former NFL player was a charmer who hid his dark side from almost everyone. That included Cherica Adams, the pregnant girlfriend whose murder Carruth is accused of arranging, Assistant District Attorney Gentry Caudill said during closing arguments. "Rae Carruth can turn on the charm. . . . People are drawn to him," Caudill told jurors. "There's another side to him that I hope you have seen with the evidence in this case.
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December 16, 1999 | Daily News Wire Services
Rae Carruth was arrested last night in western Tennessee, where police found him hiding in the trunk of a friend's car a day after he failed to surrender on a murder charge in the shooting death of his girlfriend. Authorities said they had received tips that the Carolina Panthers wide receiver could be found at a Best Western motel in Wildersville, Tenn., about 100 miles northeast of Memphis, the FBI said. FBI agents staked out the motel yesterday afternoon. They checked the room, then found the 5-11, 194-pound player in the trunk of a Toyota parked in the motel's lot, agents said.
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December 19, 1999 | By Richard Lezin Jones, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
To some, he will always be the quiet boy who was so skinny that he seemed swallowed by his shoulder pads; smaller than most of the other youths on the football field, yes, but faster, too. To others, he remains the high schooler who worked so diligently that he was able to raise his grades from barely passing to barely missing the dean's list. Or, the classmate so beloved he was twice voted prom king. Or, the electrifying wide receiver at the University of Colorado, who - in a rare public display of bravado - declared a half decade ago, "No matter what I do, I've decided I want to be famous.
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July 23, 2002 | Daily News Wire Services
Steve Spurrier was his usual maverick self when he arrived in Carlisle, Pa., for his first NFL training camp as a head coach yesterday. He barely had unpacked his bags when he immediately made it clear he would rather be somewhere else. "I don't understand the importance of getting away, to tell you the truth," Spurrier said as the Washington Redskins checked into their dorms at Dickinson College. Spurrier, an avid golfer whose first words when he walked into the room before the news conference were, "Shot 75 today," said he might move training camp back to Redskin Park in the Washington suburbs next season.
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December 15, 1999 | Daily News Wire Services
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Rae Carruth was sought on murder charges yesterday after his girlfriend died of wounds from a shooting last month. Carruth and three other men originally were charged with conspiracy, attempted murder and related charges in the Nov. 16 shooting of Cherica Adams. He was out on $3 million bail on the earlier charges. His lawyer, George Laughrun, finally was able to talk with him late last night. "I told him he needs to turn himself in," Laughrun said.
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December 15, 2000 | Daily News Wire Services
The "Bob 'N Weave" was an expensive celebration dance for eight St. Louis Rams players, fined a total of $90,000 by the NFL yesterday. Wide receivers Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt, both repeat offenders this season, were fined $20,000 each for violating the rule against "prolonged, excessive or premeditated demonstrations" during the Rams' 40-29 victory over Minnesota last Sunday. Tight end Roland Williams, also a repeater, was fined $15,000. Running back Marshall Faulk and tight end Ernie Conwell were fined $10,000 each, and offensive guard Tom Nutten and running backs Justin Watson and James Hodgins were fined $5,000 apiece.
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March 22, 2005 | Daily News Wire Services
Former Carolina Panthers player Rae Carruth was denied a request for a new trial in the 1999 shooting death of his pregnant girlfriend. Judge Charles C. Lamm Jr. yesterday rejected defense arguments that a 911 call made by Cherica Adams moments after her shooting should not have been allowed into evidence at Carruth's 2000 trial. Lamm's six-page ruling concluded that the tape of the call was properly introduced and did not violate Carruth's constitutional right to be able to confront his accuser.
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October 17, 2003 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
A New Jersey judge has ordered that the trial of former NBA star Jayson Williams be moved out of Hunterdon County because of extensive publicity about the case. During a hearing yesterday in Somerville, Superior Court Judge Edward Coleman directed that the trial be moved to neighboring Somerset County. It is tentatively scheduled to begin in January. Williams, 35, is accused of recklessly handling the shotgun that killed limousine driver Costas Christofi on Feb. 14, 2002, at Williams' home in Alexandria Township.
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July 23, 2002 | Daily News Wire Services
Steve Spurrier was his usual maverick self when he arrived in Carlisle, Pa., for his first NFL training camp as a head coach yesterday. He barely had unpacked his bags when he immediately made it clear he would rather be somewhere else. "I don't understand the importance of getting away, to tell you the truth," Spurrier said as the Washington Redskins checked into their dorms at Dickinson College. Spurrier, an avid golfer whose first words when he walked into the room before the news conference were, "Shot 75 today," said he might move training camp back to Redskin Park in the Washington suburbs next season.
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July 23, 2002 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Lawyers for former NFL receiver Rae Carruth appealed his murder conspiracy conviction yesterday, saying a judge should not have allowed jurors to hear statements by Carruth's girlfriend, Cherica Adams, implicating him in her 1999 shooting. The documents filed with the North Carolina Court of Appeals in Raleigh said that Superior Court Judge Charles Lamm erred in admitting notes written by Adams from her hospital bed, "as these constituted inadmissible and unreliable hearsay that was unfairly prejudicial to" the former Carolina Panthers star.
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January 17, 2001 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Jurors began deliberating the murder case against Rae Carruth yesterday after a prosecutor said the former NFL player was a charmer who hid his dark side from almost everyone. That included Cherica Adams, the pregnant girlfriend whose murder Carruth is accused of arranging, Assistant District Attorney Gentry Caudill said during closing arguments. "Rae Carruth can turn on the charm. . . . People are drawn to him," Caudill told jurors. "There's another side to him that I hope you have seen with the evidence in this case.
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January 6, 2001 | Daily News Wire Services
One of Rae Carruth's former girlfriends testified yesterday that he was furious when she became pregnant by him, threatening her and insisting she have an abortion. Amber Turner said Carruth also joked about killing his oldest son and the child's mother and fretted about his ability to pay support for the child of Cherica Adams., Carruth is being tried on charges he arranged to have Adams killed. Turner, 21, met Carruth in late 1996 in Colorado, where he was in college and moved with him to Charlotte in the summer of 1997 when he was signed by Carolina.
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December 21, 2000 | Daily News Wire Services
The man who admitted shooting Rae Carruth's pregnant girlfriend testified yesterday that the former NFL player had planned the slaying for six months. Van Brett Watkins was called by defense lawyers, who apparently hoped he would confirm a jailhouse statement that he had shot Cherica Adams because he was angry at Carruth. Instead, Watkins said the former Carolina Panthers receiver had planned the attack. "I was very afraid of Rae Carruth," Watkins said. "He made me do it. " Watkins pleaded guilty to the 1999 drive-by shooting of Adams, who was eight months pregnant with Carruth's child.
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December 19, 2000 | Daily News Wire Services
Troy Aikman could play in the Dallas Cowboys' season finale against Tennessee. "At this point, we're going to continue to evaluate Troy," coach Dave Campo said yesterday. "He has not been ruled out yet. " Aikman, who suffered his second concussion of the season and 10th of his career a week ago, watched from the sideline Sunday as Dallas lost, 17-13, to the New York Giants. The quarterback worked out yesterday, but did not speak with reporters. This weekend's game has little meaning to Dallas (5-10)
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December 15, 2000 | Daily News Wire Services
The "Bob 'N Weave" was an expensive celebration dance for eight St. Louis Rams players, fined a total of $90,000 by the NFL yesterday. Wide receivers Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt, both repeat offenders this season, were fined $20,000 each for violating the rule against "prolonged, excessive or premeditated demonstrations" during the Rams' 40-29 victory over Minnesota last Sunday. Tight end Roland Williams, also a repeater, was fined $15,000. Running back Marshall Faulk and tight end Ernie Conwell were fined $10,000 each, and offensive guard Tom Nutten and running backs Justin Watson and James Hodgins were fined $5,000 apiece.
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December 6, 2000 | Daily News Wire Services
"Monday Night Football" received its second-lowest rating in its 31 seasons on ABC. New England's 30-24 victory over Kansas City - a game between teams out of playoff contention - drew a 9.9 national rating and 16 share. Only a 1986 game between the Redskins and Giants drew a lower rating, an 8.8. That game was played opposite Game 7 of the World Series between the Red Sox and Mets, which had been rained out the previous night. For the season, "Monday Night Football" is averaging a 12.7 rating and 22 share.
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