Panthers player sought on murder charges

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A professional football player was sought on murder charges after his girlfriend died of wounds from a shooting last month.

A professional football player was sought on murder charges after his girlfriend died of wounds from a shooting last month.

Rae Carruth of the Carolina Panthers and three other men were originally charged with conspiracy, attempted murder and related charges in the Nov. 16 shooting of Cherica Adams. He was out on $3 million bail on the earlier charges.

Police searched for Carruth throughout Charlotte, but he had not been arrested by early on Tuesday night. His lawyer, George Laughrun, did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

Adams, 24, died early in the afternoon surrounded by family, said Scott White, a spokesman at Carolinas Medical Center.

She was 6 1/2 months' pregnant when she was shot four times in the neck and chest from a passing vehicle as she drove through a Charlotte neighborhood, forcing an emergency delivery of her baby boy.

Carruth was in a car near where Adams was shot, and the three other men were in a separate vehicle, prosecutors said. They allegedly were in contact by cell phone.

The three other defendants were jailed on $1.5 million bail each. Prosecutors said they will also file first-degree murder charges against them.

The condition of the baby, Chancellor Lee Adams, has improved in the weeks since the shooting. He was moved out of a neonatal intensive care nursery earlier this month.

The Panthers were walking off their practice field after a workout when they were told of Adams' death.

"It's the worst, worst possible scenario and news any of us could have ever thought of," quarterback Steve Beuerlein said. "Our hearts in the Panthers' organization go out to the family."

Coach George Seifert offered a similar sentiment.

"We're just hopeful that the baby does well," he said.

Carruth, 25, was the Panthers' first-round draft choice in 1997. He wasplaced on an unpaid leave.

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