9 EpisodesProduced by 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 investigation exposes stunning new details of the crime t… read more

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Introducing Carruth

October 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 …

Chapter 1: Rae and Cherica

October 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 …

Chapter 2: The Hitman Speaks

October 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 …

Chapter 3: Life and Death

October 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 …

Chapter 4: The Manhunt

October 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 …

Chapter 5: On Trial

October 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 …

Chapter 6: The Verdict and the Miracle

October 16th, 2018


Jury foreman Clark Pennell recounts for us the tense deliberations before delivering a verdict against Rae Carruth. Chancellor Le's doctors diagnose …

Chapter 7: Forgiveness

October 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 …

Epilogue: Healing and the Road Ahead

December 11th, 2018


Following Rae Carruth’s release from prison, the Carolina Panthers welcome Saundra Adams — the mother of Cherica Adams, the pregnant woman Carruth …

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