Carruth trial hears 911 tape
The mortally wounded girlfriend of Rae Carruth told emergency dispatchers the former football player was at the scene when she was shot, the Charlotte Observer reported Saturday.
The newspaper obtained a complete transcript of the 12-minute call made Nov. 16 by Cherica Adams, who was eight months pregnant with Carruth's child when she was shot four times.
She died 28 days later, and Carruth is charged with murder for allegedly arranging the shooting. His trial enters its third week of jury selection Monday, with 11 already chosen.
Defence lawyers have claimed for former Carolina Panthers receiver was miles away when Adams was shot. But a part of the transcript released in pretrial hearings showed Adams said during the cellular phone call that Carruth was driving ahead of her and slowed as another car pulled alongside hers, and someone inside shot her.
Van Brett Watkins, 40, the accused triggerman, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and is expected to testify against Carruth.
The Observer said the full transcript reveals Adams told a dispatcher Carruth "was in the car in front of me and he slowed down and somebody pulled up beside me and did this."
"And then, where'd he go?" the dispatcher asked.
"He just left," Adams said, according to the newspaper. "I think he did it. I don't know what to think."
Prosecutors intend to introduce the 911 call as evidence as they try to prove Carruth paid Watkins to kill Adams and their unborn child.
Defence lawyers say Carruth was earning $38,382 per game and had no financial motive to kill Adams. They claim Watkins shot Adams in a rage after she made an obscene gesture at him.
The child was delivered successfully before Adams died, and is in the custody of her family.
Prosecutors would not talk about the 911 tape. Carruth's lawyer, David Rudolf, denounced what he called the leaking of "half-truths and distorted statements."
"We will respond in court with the truth," Rudolf said.
The defence filed a motion last month seeking to bar from trial the portions of the tape in which Adams said she thought Carruth did it and in which she moans.