Former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Rae Carruth is set to be released from prison next week. He has spent the last 17 years behind bars for his role in the murder of his pregnant girlfriend Cherica Adams.
The Charlotte Observer has dropped a new podcast series about the case and what has happened in the years since Carruth’s sentencing. It is called Carruth and is based largely on the reporting of Scott Fowler, although he did have a staff of four helping him. Fowler says it took him eleven months to put the seven-part series together.
The idea began with an interview Fowler did with Cherica Adams’ mother, Saundra, and the son Adams shared with Carruth, Chancellor Lee Adams, who was delivered before his mother died and has cerebral palsy. Fowler told The Athletic’s Richard Deitsch that he always thought the story best lent itself to an audio retelling. He says that Saundra is the person he expects to resonate most with the audience, but the hitman that Carruth hired to kill Cherica Adams is also incredibly memorable.
As for any input from Carruth himself, Fowler says “I didn’t have a sit-down with Rae Carruth and I never thought I would because he hasn’t granted anything remotely like the access I was asking for over the past 17 years. He did write me one pretty introspective five-page letter, however. He also called me on the phone once and spoke with me off-the-record for 20 minutes, which helped inform my writing. And he authorized his original defense lawyer David Rudolf to speak for him.”