Charlotte, North Carolina Athlete Losses Criminal Appeal

Posted by Christopher Shumate | Dec 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

The appeal of former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Rae Carruth was recently denied Tuesday, February 15, 2011. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals heard the appeal via a three-judge panel. The Court's ruling focused on statements and notes of Cherica Adams, the victim and former girlfriend of Mr. Carruth. Ms. Adams was pregnant at the time of the incident, and she died several weeks after the incident in 1999.

Rae Carruth was convicted in Charlotte, NC of conspiracy to commit murder, discharging a firearm into occupied property, and using an instrument with intent to destroy an unborn child. He received a sentence of eighteen to twenty-four years in prison.

As a Charlotte, North Carolina criminal lawyer, I think this case is a unique and tragic scenario. It involves a high profile NFL athlete who, according to co-defendants, paid $6,000 to have Ms. Adams and her unborn child murdered. The child ultimately survived the attack. There was a lot of media scrutiny and public attention on the case due to Mr. Carruth's NFL career and the scandalous allegations. Ultimately, he was convicted. Regardless of exactly how you feel about the case, it proved to be a horrific scenario that touched the lives of many individuals., Rae Carruth's conviction upheld, 02/15/11

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Mr. Chris Shumate is a native of Gastonia, North Carolina, and worked various jobs while pursuing his undergraduate and Juris Doctor education, including several heavy manual labor and skilled trade positions. In his practice, Mr. Shumate often encounters circumstances where these prior experiences are helpful in representing you. Upon graduating law school from the University of South Carolina, Mr. Shumate joined one of the Carolinas' larger defense firms, where he represented a diverse set of employers and insurance companies in civil cases and workers' compensation claims across the Carolinas. Chris utilized this experience to obtain a working knowledge of the insurance industry, and build personal contacts used today in representing you. Mr. Shumate ultimately decided he wanted to focus his law practice on assisting those who have been injured, and doing so with the focus on a personal relationship that is uncommon in the bigger firms. Mr. Shumate's also has a passion for assisting those facing the challenges of the criminal legal system. By representing individuals in a variety of criminal and traffic matters, Mr. Shumate works to achieve the best possible result for each client regardless of the charges levied by the prosecution. Chris has tirelessly pursued his mission of helping people from all walks of life throughout the Carolinas with a variety of legal matters. If you are interested in learning more about Chris Shumate and The Shumate Law Offices, please contact us at 704.371.5059. We look forward to assisting you to achieve a positive result in your legal concern. Education J.D., University of South Carolina B.S., University of South Carolina Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice N.C. State BarS.C. State BarU.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina Professional & Bar Association Memberships N.C. Bar Association S.C. Bar Association Mecklenburg County Bar N.C. Academy Of Trial Lawyers American Association For Justice


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