It’s been a long time since former Carolina Panther WR Rae Carruth ran down a football pass from a quarterback. It’s been a long time since the troubled and now jailed WR peered out a window and didn’t have to look through bars to see the land beyond the stone walls of a prison cell. Hell for that matter, it’s been a long time since Rae Carruth has been mentioned at all. Or too short depending on how you look at it.
The year was 2001 and Carruth had been a Panther for 3 seasons after being selected in the first round of the 97 draft. His girlfriend was pregnant and his mind shipped out of port long enough to hire someone to kill her. He was later found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder, discharging a fireram into occupied property and using an instrument with intent to destroy an unborn child.
For his troubles, he got 18 to 24 years. He succeeded in having his girlfriend die, but his son, now 11 survived. It was horrific instance that shocked the Carolina Panthers family, fans, and the NFL in general. For most, the sentence was simply too short.
Today, Carruth tried to get an appeal hearing based on testimony taken from his late girlfriend. According to the report, Carruth wanted an appeal because her testimony was admitted in his trial. Before she died at the hospital she was able to dial 911, tell the cops Carruth was involved, nod to answer a question from a police officer at the hospital saying that he was involved, and wrote a dying note to the police implicating Carruth in her murder.
The request for appeal was denied and the denying appeals court stated “an extremely powerful first-hand account of the crime by the victim herself.”
Carruth as stated on PFT is scheduled to be released in 2018.