Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Wednesday, December 15, 1999
Police hunt Carruth after girlfriend dies
By PAUL NOWELL
Associated Press Writer
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 15, 1999 - Where is Carolina Panthers wide receiver
Police are not yet calling him a fugitive, but they are actively searching
for Carruth on first-degree murder charges after his girlfriend, Cherica
Adams, died from wounds she got in a shooting last month.
Carruth and three other men were originally charged with conspiracy,
attempted murder and related charges in the Nov. 16 shooting of Adams.
He was out on $3 million bail on the earlier charges, but the bond agreement
said it would be revoked if Adams died.
Police searched for Carruth throughout Charlotte into the late hours
Tuesday night, but he had not been arrested.
Carruth's lawyer, George Laughrun, was finally able to speak with his
client Tuesday night, nearly nine hours after Adams' death.
"I talked with him about 15 to 20 minutes ago after speaking with his
mother several times through the day," he said. "I told him he needs to
turn himself in. I'm waiting on another call from him."
"He's not here," a woman at the Mecklenburg County Jail said late Tuesday
Carruth's mother, Theodry Carruth, promised late Tuesday that her son
would turn himself in.
"He's scared, and people have to know that," she said from her Sacramento,
Calif. home. "He doesn't know what's going to happen to him."
Charlotte television stations reported that police were staking out
Carruth's south Charlotte home and even searched inside, but found no sign
Adams, 24, died Tuesday afternoon surrounded by family, said Scott White,
a spokesman at Carolinas Medical Center.
She was 6 1/2 months' pregnant when she was shot four times in the neck
and chest from a passing vehicle as she drove through a Charlotte neighborhood,
forcing an emergency delivery of her baby boy.
Carruth was in a car near where Adams was shot, and the three other
men were in a separate vehicle, prosecutors said. They reportedly were
in contact by cell phone.
The three other defendants were jailed on $1.5 million bail each. Prosecutors
said they will also file first-degree murder charges against them.
The condition of the baby, Chancellor Lee Adams, has improved in the
weeks since the shooting. He was moved out of a neonatal intensive care
nursery earlier this month.
The Panthers were walking off their practice field after a workout when
they were told of Adams' death.
"It's the worst, worst possible scenario and news any of us could have
ever thought of," quarterback Steve Beuerlein said. "Our hearts in the
Panthers' organization go out to the family."
Coach George Seifert offered a similar sentiment.
"We're just hopeful that the baby does well," he said.
Carruth, 25, was the Panthers' first-round draft choice in 1997. He
was excused by the team after the shooting and later was placed on an unpaid
Rec department forms men's hoop league
PECOS, Dec. 15, 1999 -- The Reeves County Community Sports and Recreation
Department is forming a men's basketball league, which will begin play
early next year.
Registration forms can be picked up at the RCCRD office in the old Pecos
High School gym weekdays between 5 and 9 p.m. Registration will continue
through January 7, 2000.
For further information, call the recreation department at 447-9776.
Sandhills Rodeo sets New Year's shows
ODESSA, Dec. 15, 1999 -- The 67th Annual Sandhills Stock Show
and Rodeo will be holding shows on both New Year's Eve and New Year's Day,
to kick off the six-day event at the Ector County Civic Center in Odessa.
Tickets to the show went on sale today at the Coliseum in Odessa, with
nightly shows set to begin at 7:30 p.m., following a pre-rodeo performance
at 7:15 p.m. The opening night's performance will be preceded by the Hereford
steer and heifer shows and the lamb show starting at 8 a.m. on Dec. 31.
Horse and goat shows will be held on Jan. 1, followed by the second night
of the rodeo, which will then take a three-day break before concluding
on Jan. 5-8.
For further information on the rodeo or to purchase tickets, call the
Ector County Coliseum box office at 915-366-3951.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
Division of Buckner News Alliance, Inc.
324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
Phone 915-445-5475, FAX 915-445-4321
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