Originally created 12/23/99

Victim's mother granted temporary custody



CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The infant boy whose mother, Cerica Adams, died in a shooting police say was directed by Rae Carruth was placed in the temporary custody of the child's maternal grandmother Wednesday by a family court judge.

Carruth, being held without bond on first-degree murder and related charges for his alleged role in the death of Adams, was in the court for the hearing before Judge Yvonne Evans. Neither Carruth nor his mother, Theodry Carruth, sought custody of the child, Chancellor Lee Adams.

Evans put off a decision on awarding permanent custody to Saundra Adams pending the results of a paternity test. The judge scheduled another hearing on the matter for Dec. 30.

Authorities said Rae Carruth, a former Carolina Panthers wide receiver, is the father of Chancellor Adams. Carruth and three other men have been charged with a Nov. 16 drive-by shooting that wounded Cherica Adams and prompted the emergency delivery of her son, who was 10 weeks short of full term.

Chancellor Adams remains hospitalized but has been upgraded to fair condition. His mother died Dec. 14.

Saundra Adams was granted emergency custody of her grandson on the day her daughter died, and Evans scheduled a hearing Wednesday on the woman's bid to make the custody agreement permanent.

"We are ready to move forward and start building a life for Chancellor when he is ready to come out of the hospital," Saundra Adams' lawyer, Jay Ferguson, said after the hearing.

Also Wednesday, George Laughrun said he and Harold Bender are no longer Carruth's lawyers in his criminal case.