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The Charlotte Observer | McClatchy Studios

The "miracle" began Nov. 16, 1999, when Cherica Adams was shot four times in Charlotte, N.C. A hitman tried to murder Adams, the girlfriend of NFL star Rae Carruth, and their unborn son, Chancellor Lee. But the hitman failed. Now, a year-long investi...Show More

02:28 | Jul 9th

From the producers of Carruth comes the story of racing prodigy Randy Lanier, who shot to stardom at the Indy 500 in the 1980s—and funded his racing through a secret double life as one of the biggest pot kingpins in American history. Now, after servi...Show More

46:15 | Dec 11th, 2018

Following Rae Carruth’s release from prison, the Carolina Panthers welcome Saundra Adams — the mother of Cherica Adams, the pregnant woman Carruth conspired to murder — and her grandson Chancellor Lee to Bank of America Stadium. Soon after, Scott Fow...Show More
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45:38 | Oct 16th, 2018

As Rae Carruth’s prison release date nears, Saundra Adams, the mother of the pregnant woman Carruth conspired to murder, tells us she’s found a way to forgive the men who killed Cherica Adams. She wonders what if any relationship Carruth should have ...Show More

43:55 | Oct 16th, 2018

Jury foreman Clark Pennell recounts for us the tense deliberations before delivering a verdict against Rae Carruth. Chancellor Le's doctors diagnose him with Cerebral Palsy as a result of his traumatic birth. His speech is halting and his movement la...Show More

45:17 | Oct 16th, 2018

Chancellor Lee goes home from the hospital with his maternal grandmother, Saundra Adams. Soon, the most notorious trial in Charlotte history gets under way, as lawyers spar with witnesses and each other. With Rae Carruth facing the death penalty, his...Show More

35:47 | Oct 16th, 2018

As funeral arrangements are made in Charlotte, Rae Carruth flees the state. Soon, he’s the target of an FBI manhunt led by agent Mark Post, who recreates for us the trail that led him to a motel parking lot in rural Tennessee, where he found Carruth ...Show More

38:07 | Oct 16th, 2018

Emergency crews race Cherica Adams to Carolinas Medical Center, where her son, Chancellor Lee, is born via emergency C-section, 10 weeks premature and weighing less than 4 pounds. As both fight for life, police investigators describe to us piecing to...Show More

42:46 | Oct 16th, 2018

A murder plot unfolds. From deep inside a maximum-security prison, hitman Van Brett Watkins offers an unflinching account of the deal he struck with Rae Carruth to kill Cherica Adams and their unborn son. Along with confession tapes and a gripping 91...Show More

38:32 | Oct 16th, 2018

Cherica Adams, a former model and dancer from Charlotte, meets NFL player Rae Carruth at a party. Carruth, a Sacramento native, has looks and a magnetic charm. Soon Cherica is pregnant—but the trail of women in Carruth's past suggest the Carolina Pan...Show More

02:06 | Oct 8th, 2018

Part love story and part murder mystery, this is the remarkable tale of a "miracle" that began on Nov. 16, 1999, when a hitman tried to murder NFL star Rae Carruth's pregnant girlfriend. Hosted by Charlotte Observer reporter Scott Fowler, who has cov...Show More