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Rae Carruth
Wide receiver
Jersey #(s)
83, 84, 86, 89
Born January 20, 1974 (1974-01-20) (age 35)
Sacramento, California
Career information
Year(s) 19971999
NFL Draft 1997 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27
College Colorado
Professional teams
Career stats
Receptions 62
Receiving yards 804
Touchdowns 4
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Career highlights and awards
  • No notable achievements
Rae Carruth
(birth name Raelamar Theotis Wiggins)

Inmate photo of Rae Carruth.
Born January 20, 1974 (1974-01-20) (age 35)
Sacramento, California
Conviction(s) Conspiracy to commit 1st degree murder, shooting into an occupied vehicle, using an instrument to destroy an unborn child
Penalty 291 months, 25 days
Status In custody
Occupation Professional football player
Spouse Renadda Wiggins
Parents steve swass
Children Chancellor Lee Adams

Rae Carruth, (born Raelamar Theotis Wiggins[1] on January 20, 1974 in Sacramento, California) is a former American football wide receiver in the NFL for the Carolina Panthers. In 2001, he was found guilty of conspiring to murder his girlfriend and is currently serving a prison sentence.[2]



Carruth attended Valley High School in Sacramento, California and played four seasons at the University of Colorado. He was named a first-team All-American in 1996. His college quarterbacks were future NFL quarterbacks Koy Detmer and Kordell Stewart. Carruth was a first-round draft pick (27th overall pick) in the 1997 NFL Draft to the Carolina Panthers, signing a four year, $38.2 million deal. He was represented by NFL super agent William "Tank" Black.

He proceeded to have a respectable rookie season, starting 14 games. Wearing uniform number 89, Carruth was on the receiving end of 44 passes for 545 yards (12.4 yards/catch), both of which led all rookie receivers. Carruth also caught four touchdown passes, tied for first among rookie receivers. He was named to the all-rookie team at wide receiver, along with Reidel Anthony of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Big things were expected of Carruth for the 1998 season. However, he broke his right foot in the opening game and did not catch another pass that season due to the injury. He ended the year with four catches for 59 yards. Carruth played in the first six games of the 1999 season, totaling 14 catches for 200 yards.

Carruth has a son by high school girlfriend Michelle Williams. His name is Ray Carruth. Jr. He was born in Sacramento CA prior to the relationship with Cherica Adams. Source American Justice 2001 - The Rae Carruth Story , Conspiracy to Kill

Criminal history

On November 16, 1999, near Carruth's home in Charlotte, North Carolina; Cherica Adams, a woman Carruth had been dating, was shot four times in a drive-by shooting. Surviving the shooting for a time, Adams called 911 and described Carruth's behavior: he had stopped his vehicle in front of hers as another vehicle drove alongside Adams and its passenger shot her. Carruth then drove from the scene.[3]

Adams was six months pregnant with Carruth's child at the time. Soon after her admission to the hospital, she fell into a coma.[3] Doctors saved the child, Chancellor Lee Adams, in an emergency Caesarean section, but Cherica Adams died a week later on December 14.

Carruth went to the police and posted a $3 million bail, with the condition that if either Cherica or Chancellor died, he would turn himself in.[3] However, after Cherica died, Carruth became a fugitive. The Panthers released him a few days later, citing a morals clause in his contract. He was eventually captured after being found hiding in the trunk of a car outside a motel in Parkers Crossroads, Tennessee. Also in the trunk was $3,900 in cash, bottles to hold his urine, extra clothes, candy bars, and a cell phone.

At trial, Carruth was defended by both David Rudolf and Chris Fialko.[4] He was found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder, shooting into an occupied vehicle, and using an instrument to destroy an unborn child. He was sentenced to 18 to 24 years in prison. However, he was found not guilty of first-degree murder and was spared the death penalty. Carruth is now serving a sentence of at least 19 years and 11 months at Nash Correctional Institution near Raleigh, North Carolina. According to the North Carolina Department of Corrections, he has a projected release date of October 22, 2018.[5]


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