Carruth, 44, was found guilty of orchestrating a plot to kill Cherica Adams in 1999 to avoid paying child support. "I'm nervous just about how I'll be received by the public", Carruth said in an phone interview with WSOC-TV.
'I still have to work. I still have to live.
"I'm excited about just being out of here".
Some players were called out of football practice to testify at the trial.
Carruth has never admitted to conspiring to murder Adams, though a Charlotte jury convicted him on three counts, including conspiracy to commit murder. Watkins will be in prison until at least 2046; he told a Charlotte Observer reporter that he had previously committed four murders in other cities but didn't disclose specifics.
Watkins, who fired the fatal shots, plead guilty to second-degree murder and will serve a minimum of 40 years in prison. Stanley Abraham, who was a passenger in the drive-by auto, served less than two years and was released in 2001. Afterward, they left in separate cars, with Carruth driving ahead of Adams. Afterward, with Adams following him, Carruth pulled over and Adams drove up next to him.
Adams was shot four times by Van Brett Watkins, who was hired by Carruth. He went to the home of Hannibal Navies, a Panthers teammate, and played video games there. His son, Chancellor Lee Adams, survived the shooting but lives with cerebral palsy due to oxygen deprivation following the shooting.
"I've apologized to Ms. Adams for the loss of her daughter and taken responsibility for what happened", Carruth said.
Adams, 24, was following Carruth in a separate vehicle after a movie when Watkins and Kennedy pulled up beside her. Prosecutors said Carruth used his vehicle to block Adams' auto while Watkins opened fire on her.
Saundra Adams says Carruth won't be receiving custody of his son.
"He's matured", Rudolf said. "And I think this opens the door". Carruth backed out, and the suspects came after Cherica for retribution.
"If I could change anything, I'd change the whole situation", Carruth wrote in the letter, obtained by WBTV. "His mother would still be here and I wouldn't be where I'm at". So that's what I'd want to change. But I do want him to...see and feel the effects of what he did. The only difference between last week and now is that Carruth has been released from prison and he's on people's minds.
"I've forgiven Rae already, but to have any type of relationship with him, there does have to be some repentance", Adams said to the Charlotte Observer. I want him to see that too'.