Prosecutors said Thursday they intend to seek the death penalty against pro football player Rae Carruth and three co-defendants in the drive-by slaying of his pregnant girlfriend. Carruth, 25, fled arrest in North Carolina after Cherica Adams died of her month-old gunshot wounds Tuesday, but he was captured Wednesday by the FBI at a Tennessee motel, where he was hiding in the trunk of a car. (On Thursday, the Carolina Panthers cut Carruth from the team, because of his having fled police.) At a bail hearing in Charlotte, N.C., for Carruth's co-defendants, District Attorney Gentry Caudill said he will seek the death penalty. During a court appearance in Tennessee on Thursday, Carruth said he would not fight efforts to return him to North Carolina to face murder charges.
- Adams, 24, died of neck and chest wounds after being shot Nov. 16 from a passing vehicle in a Charlotte suburb. Immediately after the shooting, doctors performed an emergency Cesarean section. Her 4-week-old son is in fair condition.