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Boyfriends From Hell: Rae Carruth convicted of the murder-for-hire death of Cherica Adams, who was 8 months pregnant with his child


Cherica Adams

Find-A-Grave: Cherica Louvenia Adams
Carruth’s Girlfriend Dies And Murder Charge Is Filed
Carruth’s Girlfriend Is Mourned At Service
Carruth, Jailed in North Carolina, Is Held Without Bail
Prosecutors to Seek The Death Penalty
The Capital Case Against Carruth
Cries of Victim Open Carruth’s Trial
Witness: Carruth Sought Gun
Gunman Describes Cherica Adams’ Killing
Co-Defendant Testifies About Carruths Role
Witness Says Carruth Confessed
Witness Implicates Carruth
Murder of Carruth’s Girlfriend Detailed
Closing Arguments in Carruth’s Murder Trial
Deliberations Begin in Carruth Murder Trial
Carruth Jury Asks To See Exhibits
Carruth Jury Tells Judge Of Impasse
Carruth Transferred To Another Prison
Gunman Sentenced In Carruth Case
Victim’s Mother Sues Carruth
Former Carolina Panther Ray Carruth Will Stay In Jail For Murder Conviction
Wikipedia: Rae Carruth
Driver in Rae Carruth murder case released from prison
Murderpedia: Rae Carruth

Books
True Crime Stories Volume 5: 12 Shocking True Crime Murder Cases
Carruth: Sex, Money, Murder, and the NFL

Movies/Documentaries
Deadly Sins: Don’t Make Me Kill You
Killer Trials: A Very Dangerous Game
American Justice: Conspiracy to Kill: The Rae Carruth Story
Sins & Secrets: Charlotte
Mugshots: Rae Carruth – NFL Hitman

Defendants
Rae Carruth – convicted of conspiracy, shooting into an occupied vehicle, and using an instrument to destroy an unborn child; sentenced to 18-24 years in prison (acquitted of first degree murder) [projected release date: 10/22/201/]
Michael Kennedy – pled guilt to 2nd degree murder; sentenced to 11 years and 8 months in pirson [has been released from prison]
Van Brett Watkins – pled guilty to 2nd degree murder, conspiracy, attempting to kill an unborn chil, and shooting into an occupied vehicle; sentenced to 40 years to life [projected release date of 7/8/2040]

INMATE INFORMATION

RAE L WIGGINS (Carruth)
DOC Number: 0712822
Inmate Status: ACTIVE
Gender: MALE
Race: BLACK
Ethnic Group: AFRICAN
Age: 38
Current Location: NASH CI
Name(s) Of Record
WIGGINS RAE LAMAR
CARRUTH RAE THEOTIS ALIAS

Most Recent Incarceration Summary

Incarceration Status: ACTIVE
Total Incarceration Term: 24 YEARS 3 MONTHS 25 DAYS
Conviction Date: 01/22/2001
Projected Release Date: 10/22/2018
Primary Crime: MURDER FIRST DEGREE (CONSPIRACY)
Primary Crime Type: FELON
Special Characteristics:
REGULAR Current Status: FELON
Admission Date: 01/22/2001
Admitting Location: CENTRAL PRISON
Control Status: REGULAR POPULATION
Next Control Review: UNKNOWN
Custody Classification: MEDIUM
Next Custody Review: 05/01/2012
Number Of Infractions: 4
Last Infraction Date: 08/05/2004
Current Location: NASH CI
Previous Location: ALBEMARLE CI
Last Movement : RECEIVED FROM ALBEMARLE CI
Last Movement Date: 03/15/2005

Escapes?: N

Most Recent Period of Incarceration Record

Sentence Number: BA-001
Commitment Type: INMATE
Conviction Date: 01/22/2001
County Of Conviction: MECKLENBURG
Service Status: ACTIVE
Sentence Begin Date: 01/22/2001
Sentence Status: ACTIVE
Actual Release Date:
Punishment Type: ACTIVE SS
Projected Release Date: 03/26/2016
Sentence Type 1: DEPT OF CORR DIV OF PRISONS
Minimum Term: 16 YEARS 4 MONTHS
Maximum Term: 20 YEARS 5 MONTHS

Commitment: INITIAL
Docket#: 99046567
Offense (Qualifier): MURDER FIRST DEGREE (CONSPIRACY)
Offense Date: 11/16/1999
Type: FELON
Sentencing Penalty Class Code: CLASS B2 SS

Sentence Number: BA-002
Commitment Type: INMATE
Conviction Date: 01/22/2001
County Of Conviction: MECKLENBURG
Service Status: FUTURE
Sentence Begin Date: 03/26/2016
Sentence Status: ACTIVE
Actual Release Date:
Punishment Type: ACTIVE SS
Projected Release Date: 10/22/2018
Sentence Type 1: DEPT OF CORR DIV OF PRISONS
Minimum Term: 2 YEARS 7 MONTHS
Maximum Term: 3 YEARS 11 MONTHS

Commitment: CONSECUTIV TO SENTENCE NUMBER BA-001
Docket#: 99046569
Offense (Qualifier): DISCHG FIREARM- PROPERTY (PRINCIPAL)
Offense Date: 11/16/1999
Type: FELON
Sentencing Penalty Class Code: CLASS E

Commitment: CONSOLIDATED FOR JUDGMENT
Docket#: 00100006
Offense (Qualifier): OTHER FELON (PRINCIPAL)
Offense Date: 11/16/1999
Type: FELON
Sentencing Penalty Class Code: CLASS H

INMATE INFORMATION

VAN B WATKINS
DOC Number: 0681840
Inmate Status: ACTIVE
Gender: MALE
Race: BLACK
Ethnic Group: AFRICAN
Age: 51
Current Location: ALEXANDER C.I.

Name Type
WATKINS VAN BRETT COMMITTED
WATKINS WILLIAM ALIAS

Most Recent Incarceration Summary

Incarceration Status: ACTIVE
Total Incarceration Term: 50 YEARS 7 MONTHS 25 DAYS
Conviction Date: 04/05/2001
Projected Release Date: 07/08/2040
Primary Crime: MURDER SECOND DEGREE (PRINCIPAL)
Primary Crime Type: FELON
Special Characteristics:
REGULAR Current Status: FELON
Admission Date: 04/05/2001
Admitting Location: CENTRAL PRISON
Control Status: REGULAR POPULATION
Next Control Review: UNKNOWN
Custody Classification: CLOSE
Next Custody Review: 02/01/2013
Number Of Infractions: 41
Last Infraction Date: 07/02/2011
Current Location: ALEXANDER C.I.
Previous Location: NOT PUBLIC INFORMATION
Last Movement : NOT PUBLIC INFORMATION
Last Movement Date: 11/15/2010

Escapes?: N

Offender Sentence History

Most Recent Period of Incarceration Record

Sentence Number: BC-001
Commitment Type: INMATE
Conviction Date: 04/05/2001
County Of Conviction: MECKLENBURG
Service Status: ACTIVE
Sentence Begin Date: 04/05/2001
Sentence Status: ACTIVE
Actual Release Date:
Punishment Type: ACTIVE SS
Projected Release Date: 06/23/2019
Sentence Type 1: DEPT OF CORR DIV OF PRISONS
Minimum Term: 19 YEARS 2 MONTHS
Maximum Term: 23 YEARS 9 MONTHS

Commitment: INITIAL
Docket#: 99049549
Offense (Qualifier): MURDER SECOND DEGREE (PRINCIPAL)
Offense Date: 11/16/1999
Type: FELON
Sentencing Penalty Class Code: CLASS B2 SS

Sentence Number: BC-002
Commitment Type: INMATE
Conviction Date: 04/05/2001
County Of Conviction: MECKLENBURG
Service Status: FUTURE
Sentence Begin Date: 06/23/2019
Sentence Status: ACTIVE
Actual Release Date:
Punishment Type: ACTIVE SS
Projected Release Date: 03/15/2037
Sentence Type 1: DEPT OF CORR DIV OF PRISONS
Minimum Term: 17 YEARS 9 MONTHS
Maximum Term: 22 YEARS 1 MONTH

Commitment: CONSECUTIV TO SENTENCE NUMBER BC-001
Docket#: 99046597
Offense (Qualifier): MURDER FIRST DEGREE (CONSPIRACY)
Offense Date: 11/16/1999
Type: FELON
Sentencing Penalty Class Code: CLASS B2 SS

Sentence Number: BC-003
Commitment Type: INMATE
Conviction Date: 04/05/2001
County Of Conviction: MECKLENBURG
Service Status: FUTURE
Sentence Begin Date: 03/15/2037
Sentence Status: ACTIVE
Actual Release Date:
Punishment Type: ACTIVE SS
Projected Release Date: 11/10/2039
Sentence Type 1: DEPT OF CORR DIV OF PRISONS
Minimum Term: 2 YEARS 8 MONTHS
Maximum Term: 4 YEARS

Commitment: CONSECUTIV TO SENTENCE NUMBER BC-002
Docket#: 99046599
Offense (Qualifier): DISCHG FIREARM- PROPERTY (PRINCIPAL)
Offense Date: 11/16/1999
Type: FELON
Sentencing Penalty Class Code: CLASS E

Sentence Number: BC-004
Commitment Type: INMATE
Conviction Date: 04/05/2001
County Of Conviction: MECKLENBURG
Service Status: FUTURE
Sentence Begin Date: 11/10/2039
Sentence Status: ACTIVE
Actual Release Date:
Punishment Type: ACTIVE SS
Projected Release Date: 07/08/2040
Sentence Type 1: DEPT OF CORR DIV OF PRISONS
Minimum Term: 8 MONTHS
Maximum Term: 10 MONTHS

Commitment: CONSECUTIV TO SENTENCE NUMBER BC-003
Docket#: 00100004
Offense (Qualifier): ABORTION (PRINCIPAL)
Offense Date: 11/16/1999
Type: FELON
Sentencing Penalty Class Code: CLASS H

INMATE INFORMATION

MICHAEL E KENNEDY
DOC Number: 0717077
Inmate Status: POST RELEASE
Probation/Parole/Post Release Status: ACTIVE
Gender: MALE
Race: BLACK
Ethnic Group: AFRICAN
Age: 36
Probation/Parole Office: DISTRICT 26 UNIT L

Name(s) Of Record

Last Name
Suffix
First Name
Middle Name
Name Type
KENNEDY MICHAEL EUGENE COMMITTED

Most Recent Incarceration Summary

Incarceration Status: INACTIVE
Total Incarceration Term: 14 YEARS 9 MONTHS
Conviction Date: 02/27/2001
Projected Release Date: 07/20/2011
Primary Crime: MURDER SECOND DEGREE (PRINCIPAL)
Primary Crime Type: FELON
Special Characteristics:
REGULAR Current Status: FELON
Admission Date: 02/27/2001
Admitting Location: CENTRAL PRISON
Control Status: REGULAR POPULATION
Next Control Review: UNKNOWN
Custody Classification: MINIMUM 3
Next Custody Review: 09/01/2011
Current Location: MECKLENBURG COUNTY
Previous Location: CHARLOTTE CC
Last Movement : PAROLE/RETURN TO PAR
Last Movement Date: 07/20/2011

Offender Sentence History

Most Recent Period of Incarceration Record

Sentence Number: BA-001 Commitment Type: INMATE
Conviction Date: 02/27/2001 County Of Conviction: MECKLENBURG
Service Status: POST REL Sentence Begin Date: 02/27/2001
Sentence Status: ACTIVE Actual Release Date: 07/20/2011
Punishment Type: POST RELEASE Projected Release Date: 07/20/2011
Sentence Type 1: DEPT OF CORR DIV OF PRISONS
Sentence Type 3: POST REL REV SENTENCE
Minimum Term: 11 YEARS 8 MONTHS Maximum Term: 14 YEARS 9 MONTHS
Parole Begin Date: 07/20/2011 Parole End Date: 04/15/2012

Commitment
Docket#
Offense (Qualifier)
Offense Date
Type
Sentencing
Penalty
Class Code

INITIAL 99049527 MURDER SECOND DEGREE (PRINCIPAL) 11/16/1999 FELON CLASS B2 SS
CONSOLIDATED FOR JUDGMENT 99046641 FELONY (CONSPIRACY) 11/16/1999 FELON CLASS B2 SS

Sentence Number: BA-002 Commitment Type: INMATE
Conviction Date: 02/27/2001 County Of Conviction: MECKLENBURG
Service Status: EXPIRED Sentence Begin Date: 02/27/2001
Actual Release Date: 12/28/2002
Punishment Type: ACTIVE SS Projected Release Date: 12/28/2002
Sentence Type 1: DEPT OF CORR DIV OF PRISONS
Minimum Term: 1 YEAR 10 MONTHS Maximum Term: 3 YEARS

Commitment
Docket#
Offense (Qualifier)
Offense Date
Type
Sentencing
Penalty
Class Code

CONCURRENT TO SENTENCE NUMBER BA-001 99046642 DISCHG FIREARM- PROPERTY (PRINCIPAL) 11/16/1999 FELON CLASS E
CONSOLIDATED FOR JUDGMENT 00100003 ABORTION (PRINCIPAL) 11/16/1999 FELON CLASS H

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