• Rae Carruth settles in Pennsylvania after finishing 18-year prison sentence

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Officials confirmed Rae Carruth has moved to Pennsylvania days after his release from prison.

    The former Carolina Panthers player was serving time for orchestrating the murder of his pregnant girlfriend, Cherica Adams, nearly 20 years ago.

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    The Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole told Channel 9 that Carruth is now under its supervision.

    Carruth is on a nine-month post-release program, according to North Carolina Department of Public Safety spokesman Jerry Higgins.

    The program requires Carruth to receive special permission from a case officer to leave his "designated state" or the country during that span, but is free to go wherever he pleases after nine months.


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    Channel 9 was there as he was released at 8:01 a.m. Monday from Sampson Correctional Facility in Clinton, North Carolina.

    He told Channel 9's Erica Bryant that he was "somewhat frightened" about his release, adding, "I'm nervous just about how I'll be received by the public. I still have to work. I still have to live. I have to exist out there and it just seems like there is so much hate and negativity toward me."

    When he left prison, Carruth was given a copy of his release papers, his Social Security card, birth certificate, community resources information and a pharmacy discount card.

    Carruth was also given certificates for the programs he completed while locked up, including a registered examiners' card from the North Carolina Board of Barbers and a barber's certificate from Central Carolina Community College.

    The child Cherica Adams was carrying, Chancellor Lee Adams, survived the shooting, but suffers from permanent brain damage and cerebral palsy.

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    Carruth has said several times that he would like to build a relationship with his son, who now lives with his grandmother, Saundra Adams. 

    It is unclear why Carruth chose to go to Pennsylvania, because he has no known ties to the state.

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