Virginia court to hear Rae Carruth appeal

Former Carolina Panthers receiver Rae Carruth walks to his court appearance in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, March 10, 2005.
October 7, 2010 4:54:47 AM PDT
Former Carolina Panthers player Rae Carruth wants his conviction in a murder for hire case reconsidered.

Carruth was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder after the 1999 death of his pregnant girlfriend, Cherica Adams -- who was pregnant with his son.

She told police in a 911 call that Carruth was responsible for shooting her, and she wrote a note alleging the same. She died from her wounds, but the baby survived and is being raised by her mother.

A federal appeals court in Richmond, Va. is scheduled to hear his appeal on October 26. Attorneys will argue that crucial evidence wasn't fully tested by cross-examination at Carruth's 2001 trial.

The 36-year-old Carruth was sentenced to 18 to 24 years in prison. His projected release date is 2018.

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