NBA Player Lorenzen Wright, Murder Mystery Solved 7 Years Later; Ex-Wife Sherra Wright Arrested

On Saturday the ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright has been charged with first-degree murder in his death more than seven years ago.

Memphis police director Michael Rallings said Sherra Wright, 38, had been charged in the death of her ex-husband, a Memphis native who played for five teams over 13 seasons as a forward and center.

Police in Riverside County, California, arrested Sherra Wright on Friday night on a fugitive from justice warrant, online records showed.

Wright’s decomposing body was found in suburban Memphis on 28 July 2010 – 10 days after the 34-year-old was reported missing. He had been shot multiple times. The seven-year investigation into his death has been one of the Memphis police department’s most high-profile unsolved cases.

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

A release from the Shelby County district attorney’s office said Turner and Sherra Wright conspired to kill Lorenzen Wright. Sherra Wright was scheduled to appear in court on Monday in California. Officials were not certain when she would be returned to Memphis.

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