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Rae Carruth wants conviction overturned

Lawyers for former Carolina Panthers player Rae Carruth are asking a federal appeals court in Virginia to reconsider his conviction for plotting to kill his pregnant girlfriend.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond will hear oral arguments in the case Tuesday.

Carruth in court in 2001. (AP)

Carruth's attorneys argue that statements that Cherica Adams made to a paramedic, a nurse and police implicating Carruth after the shooting should not have been used in Carruth's 2001 trial because they couldn't cross examine her.

Adams died weeks after she was shot four times in November 1999. Their baby lived and is being raised by Adams' mother.

The 36-year-old Carruth was sentenced to 18 to 24 years in prison. His projected release date is 2018.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  | October 26, 2010; 7:41 AM ET
Categories:  Celebrities, From the Courthouse, Virginia  
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