Wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright booked with his murder

Elias Hubbard
December 18, 2017

Seven years after the body of former National Basketball Association player Lorenzen Wright was found, the gun police believe to be the weapon used in his killing has been recovered in a MS lake.

Saturday morning, Marion visited her son's grave site hours after the Memphis Police Department and the Shelby County District Attorney's office announced the three-count indictment against Sherra Wright, that includes conspiring with Turner to kill her ex-husband. Billy Turner was arrested last week, both are charged with premeditated first-degree murder. Turner has pleaded not guilty.

Lorenzen Wright's murder remained one of Memphis police's highest-profile cold cases until investigators found a murder weapon in MS last month.

Wright's body was found on July 28, 2010 in suburban Memphis just days after the 34-year-old former Memphis Grizzly and Cleveland Cavalier was reported missing.

Matthews spoke on the Wright family's behalf Saturday night at their request, although he admits he hasn't known them long. The dispatchers would not notify police until eight days later despite gunshots being heard on the line. Lorenzen and Sherra Wright ended their 13-year marriage a few months before the homicide.

Dispatchers said they did not alert patrol officers or commanders because they could not confirm the call came from their jurisdiction. They didn't send a patrol officer or relay the information to Memphis police until days later. Wright's mother filed a missing person's report on July 22.

Wright's body was found in a field near some woods at the height of summer, complicating the investigation because evidence had likely deteriorated in the heat. Now his ex-wife, Sherra (left) has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death.

Sherra Wright-Robinson was taken into custody at her Riverside, California home, according to Fox13.

According to an affidavit, she told police she saw him leave her home carrying money and a box of drugs. "They need to bury her".

FILE - In this August 4, 2010, file photo, Sherra Wright, the ex-wife of slain NBA basketball player Lorenzen Wright, grieves at the casket of Lorenzen Wright during a memorial service at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn. Sherra reportedly said that "99.99 percent" of the book involved true stories of her life with Lorenzen, according to the Commercial Appeal. Despite her constant denial, police have always pinned down Wright-Robinson as a possible suspect in the death of her ex-husband, with Wright's $1 million life insurance policy being the possible motive.

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