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© St. Petersburg Times, published October 30, 2000


Reports: Carruth stated he saw killing

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A woman who once dated former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Rae Carruth says he told her he witnessed the fatal shooting of his pregnant girlfriend and was mad at her for not getting an abortion, according to media reports.

According to the Charlotte Observer and CNN/SI, Candace Smith told police that Carruth admitted he was upset with Cherica Adams and was at the scene of the November 1999 shooting.

"He just said he didn't like her, and he just wished she would die," Smith told police, according to the Observer.

The newspaper reported that it had obtained a copy of the 32-page transcript of Smith's June interview with police.

Carruth and three other men have been charged with plotting Adams' murder. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Carruth, whose murder trial enters its second week of jury selection today.

Smith is expected to testify at Carruth's trial.

Carruth has maintained his innocence.

Prosecutors have said Van Brett Watkins fired the fatal shots. Watkins has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and is expected to testify against Carruth.

Carruth's defense attorney, David Rudolf, told the Observer nothing reported in the newspaper's story and attributed to Smith is true.

QB CHARGED WITH DUI: Broncos quarterback Brian Griese was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, the Colorado State Patrol said. Griese was stopped by a trooper for speeding while driving northbound on Interstate 25 in south Denver about 7:30 p.m. Saturday, trooper Rob Marone said. He was arrested after failing a breathalyzer test, then taken to a detoxification center in Aurora, Marone said.

COWBOYS: Quarterback Troy Aikman took himself out of the game against the Jaguars late in the first quarter. Aikman had soreness in his back and didn't return to the game.

49ERS: Kick returner Travis Jervey returned the opening kickoff 68 yards, then was knocked out of the game with a broken collarbone. After resting briefly on the sideline, Jervey was taken to the locker room, where the injury was diagnosed.

JAGUARS: Wide receiver Jimmy Smith didn't play at Dallas, apparently because of injury. Smith, who had receptions in 80 straight games, didn't start Oct. 22 at Washington because of a knee injury.

PANTHERS: Four-time Pro Bowl tight end Wesley Walls was taken off the field on a cart after spraining his left knee. The 34-year-old Walls appeared to twist his knee when tackled by the Falcons' Marty Carter after catching a 19-yard pass over the middle on the final play of the third quarter.

RAVENS: Rookie wide receiver Travis Taylor is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a broken left collarbone. Taylor was the 10th overall selection in the draft out of Florida.

THOMAS SUIT: The family of Michael Tellis has filed a lawsuit for the wrongful death of Tellis, a friend of former Chiefs linebacker Derrick Thomas who was a passenger when Thomas' vehicle crashed Jan. 23. According to the lawsuit, Thomas drove dangerously fast and broke several traffic laws. The suit seeks to recover damages from insurance policies and was not filed against Thomas' estate.

CFL: Damon Allen, younger brother of former NFL running back Marcus Allen, broke the league career passing yardage record in British Columbia's 28-22 victory over Hamilton on Saturday night. Allen, 37, has passed for 50,706 yards, breaking the mark of 50,535 set by Hamilton coach Ron Lancaster.

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