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THROWN FOR A LOSS
Lester Munson
December 04, 2000
Rae Carruth was jolted as his murder trial opened
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December 04, 2000

Thrown For A Loss

Rae Carruth was jolted as his murder trial opened

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Kennedy's testimony may be devastating for Carruth. Watkins has plea-bargained to second-degree murder, and it was expected that the state's case would center on him. Kennedy had no deal when he took the stand and has said he was testifying solely to tell the truth. That makes it difficult for Carruth's lawyers to impugn his testimony on grounds of self-preservation.

The prosecution is expected to introduce cell phone records and ballistics evidence to support its charge of premeditation. It will also call several of Carruth's girlfriends to testify relating to his antipathy toward Adams and the baby she was carrying. Carruth's lawyers will counter with their drug-deal defense and present evidence that Carruth looked forward to supporting the child. Kennedy's testimony means the prosecution might not call Watkins, who, ironically, may now be essential to Carruth's case. While Watkins told police that Carruth masterminded the murder, he related the drug story to a jail guard; and Carruth's lawyers may have to call Watkins to elicit that story. Their client's life might depend on it.

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