Ex-wife of former NBA star finally charged in his murder (video)


The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright, Sherra Wright, has been charged with first-degree murder in his death more than seven years ago, according to the Memphis Police Department.

Tennessee’s MPD Director Michael Rallings announced Saturday that Wright has been charged in the death of her ex-husband, a Memphis native who played for five teams over 13 seasons in the NBA as a forward and center. According to online records, police in Riverside County, California, arrested Sherra Wright on Friday night on a fugitive from justice warrant.

Wright’s decomposing body was found in suburban Memphis on July 28, 2010, where an autopsy confirmed he had been shot multiple times. The seven-year investigation into his murder has been one of the Memphis Police Department’s most high-profile unsolved cases.

Billy R. Turner, a landscaper, was indicted on a first-degree murder charge Dec. 5 in Wright’s death. He has pleaded not guilty. Media reports have said Turner and Sherra Wright attended the same church, but Rallings would not discuss the connection between Turner and Wright.

Last month, police said that they had found a gun used in the killing in a lake near Walnut, Mississippi, about 75 miles east of Memphis. “The weapon was key,” Rallings said.

Rallings also said police are investigating other people in the inquiry.

Sherra Wright received $1 million from her ex-husband’s life insurance policy. In 2014, she agreed to a settlement in a court dispute over how she spent the insurance money meant to benefit their six children.

Sherra Wright spoke with police after her ex-husband’s body was located. According to an affidavit, Sherra Wright claimed to police she saw him leave her home carrying money and a box of drugs on July 18, 2010. Before he left, Sherra Wright said she overheard her ex-husband on the phone telling someone that he was going to “flip something for $110,000,” the document said. According to Sherra Wright, he left her home in a car with a person she was unable to identify. The affidavit said Sherra Wright gave the statements to police in the Memphis suburb of Collierville, where she lives, on July 27, which was nine days after he left her house and disappeared.

In the early morning of July 19, a police dispatcher in the suburb of Germantown received a call from Lorenzen Wright’s cellphone. Dispatchers heard gunshots before the call was dropped.

Wright’s body was found in a field near some woods at the height of summer. According to authorities, this complicated the investigation because evidence had deteriorated in the heat. An autopsy report showed bullet fragments were lodged in Wright’s skull, chest and right forearm.

Sherra Wright’s response truly is chilling in the following 2015 interview.

“Did you have any part in Lorenzen’s murder?” the interviewer asked her. She responded mysteriously, “First, I’m a wife, then I’m a mother, then thirdly, I’m an author. The law enforcement should do what’s best to find out who’s the killer.”

She added, “I let people do what they’re good at doing, and I’m just going to do what I’m good at doing.”

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