In January 2001, Rae Carruth - a former Carolina Panthers wide receiver - was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder, shooting into an occupied dwelling and using an instrument to destroy an unborn child.
Rae has since admitted to hiring Van Brett Watkins to murder his pregnant girlfriend Cherrica Adams and their unborn child.
Cherrika died in the attack, but their son survived - although with severe physical challenges.
Now Rae is preparing for release from prison and wants custody of the child who survived the shooting...
In a recorded interview Rae tells WBTV,
I feel responsible for everything that happened. And I just want [Cherrica's mother] to know that truly I am sorry for everything”.
“I’m apologizing for the loss of her daughter. I’m apologizing for the impairment of my son."
“If I could change anything, I’d change the whole situation. His mother would still be here and I wouldn’t be where I’m at. So that’s what I’d want to change. I want the incident to never have happened at all.”
“I let [my son] down as he came into this world and the only way that I can make that right and the only way I can work out my relationship with my son is to be there for him.”
“I should be raising my son. His mother should be raising her son. Ms. Adams should not be doing this and I want that responsibility back. I feel like he might not ever have his mother in his life but he could still have me and I could still make a difference and I don’t think that’s anyone’s responsibility when I’m still here”.