Tears give way to cheers at vigil for Lorenzen Wright

Ruben Hill
December 17, 2017

"This is something that she's (Marion has) been saying all along, that Sherra was the murderer", said TV host Thaddeus Matthews.

Saturday night, with the number 42 written in flame signifying Lorenzen Wright's jersey number for years and the age he would be if he were alive, loved ones both cheered and cried with the most recent arrest of the basketball star's ex-wife Sherra Wright. Lorenzen had been shot at least five times.

Billy R. Turner, 46, was arrested and charged in Wright's murder on Tuesday, December 5.

According to an article published by writers Katie Fretland, Yolanda Jones and Marc Perrusquia of The Commercial Appeal, Wright's ex-wife was taken into custody in Riverside, Calif. Wright-Robinson, 46, was charged with conspiring with a Memphis-area man, Billy Turner, 46, to kill her former husband.

The seven-year investigation has been one of the Memphis Police Department's most high-profile unsolved cases.

You may see Sherra Wright-Robinson's mugshot below.

Police said last month that they had found a gun used in the killing in a lake near Walnut, Mississippi, about 75 miles east of Memphis. In 2014, she agreed to a confidential settlement in a legal dispute over how she spent $1 million in insurance money, which was meant to benefit their six children. The report does not state what she has been charged with. Wright was only 34 years old at the time of his death. Hours later police got a 9-1-1 call from his cell phone - the dispatcher heard eleven gunshots.

Memphis Police Major Darren Goods, head of the Multi-Agency Gang Unit, said last May or early June the gang unit received information about the case. Lorenzen Wright's mother, Deborah Marion, told The Commerical Appeal. Authorities in Collierville were accused of dragging their feet in the days after the report was filed, and an apparent lack of communication kept authorities from linking the 911 call to the missing-person report.

Wright, who had bullet fragments lodged in his skull, chest, and right forearm, was found in a field near the woods in the height of summer, complicating the investigation because evidence had likely deteriorated in the heat.

Wright-Robinson had written a fiction book, "Mr. Tell Me Anything", that featured what appeared to be a thinly disguised depiction of her ex-husband.

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