MEMPHIS, TN — Seven years after the body of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright was found in his hometown of Memphis, his ex-wife has been arrested in connection with his murder.
Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings said Saturday that Sherra Wright, 46, has been charged with first-degree murder. She was arrested by federal marshals in Riverside County, California, according to online records.
Wright was a forward and center in the NBA who played for 13 seasons for five different teams. He was beloved in his hometown of Memphis due to his charity work with youth and his father’s involvement as a coach in summer leagues.
His body was found on July 28, 2010, several days after his mother reported him missing. An autopsy revealed that he had been shot multiple times.
Sherra Wright had long been considered a prime suspect, according to media reports — but she always vehemently denied having anything to do with his death.
According to an affidavit, Sherra Wright told police that she saw her husband leave her home carrying money and a box of drugs on July 18, 2010. She said she overheard him telling someone on the phone that he planned to “flip something for $110,000,” before leaving in a car with someone she did not know, according to the document.
But Lorenzen’s former personal assistant Wendy Wilson has revealed that in the early 2000s, Sherra left angry messages for Wright that were so disturbing she reported them to police.
“They were very, very concerning, threatening in nature … very, very off-key. She was very, very jealous and very, very insecure,” Wilson told WREG.
Police got a break in the investigation when the gun that was reportedly used in the killing was found in a lake about 75 miles from Memphis.
On December 5, Billy R. Turner was also indicted on a first-degree murder charge in connection with Wright’s death. According to media reports, Turner, a landscaper, and Sherra Wright attended the same church. A release from the Shelby County District Attorney’s office says Turner and Sherra Wright conspired to kill Lorenzen Wright. The indictment says Sherra Wright and Turner acquired firearms and recruited another coconspirator, who was not named.
Sherra Wright received $1 million from her ex-husband’s life insurance policy, and agreed to a settlement in 2014 in a court dispute over how she spent the insurance money, according to The Commercial Appeal. The couple had six children.
Rallings said police believe that more people may have been involved. The investigation continues.
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Main photo: Sherra Wright [Riverside Sheriff’s Department]