Tennessee governor could intervene in Lorenzen Wright murder case

The Shelby County District Attorney's Office has called on the governor of Tennessee to intervene in the case against Sherra Wright, who is accused of murdering her ex-husband, former Memphis NBA Player Lorenzen Wright.

The DA's office confirms Amy Weirich requested a "governor's warrant" from Governor Bill Haslam to intervene in Sherra Wright's efforts to resist extradition to Memphis.

If Governor Haslam signs the warrant, the DA can force Sherra's return from California where she was arrested in December.

Tennessee Municipal Code 40-9-118 would allow law enforcement in Tennessee to immediately arrest and deliver Sherra to the duly authorized agent of the demanding state, the D.A.

The statute reads as follows:

40-9-110. Contents of demands from other states.

No demand for the extradition of a person charged with a crime in another state shall be recognized by the governor unless in writing and accompanied by a copy of an indictment found or by information supported by affidavit in the state having jurisdiction of the crime, or by a copy of an affidavit made before a magistrate there, together with a copy of any warrant which was issued thereon. The indictment, information or affidavit made before the magistrate must substantially charge the person demanded with having committed a crime under the law of that state; and the copy must be authenticated by the executive authority making the demand, which shall be prima facie evidence of its truth.

40-9-118. Authority given by governor's warrant.

(a)  The warrant shall authorize the officer or other person to whom directed to arrest the accused at any place where the accused may be found within the state and to command the aid of all sheriffs and other peace officers in the execution of the warrant, and to deliver the accused, subject to the provisions of this chapter, to the duly authorized agent of the demanding state.

(b)  Whether the prisoner or fugitive so charged is bound to appear before any court, committed to jail or discharged, any person authorized by the warrant of the governor of this state may at any time take the accused person or fugitive into custody, and the apprehension shall immediately be a discharge of the bond or other proceeding, if there is one pending in any court of this state.

(c)  Every officer or other person empowered to make the arrest shall have the same authority in arresting the accused to command assistance in the arrest, as sheriffs and other officers have by law in the execution of any criminal process directed to them, with the same penalties against those who refuse their assistance.

Sherra moved to California, after Lorenzen's murder where their six children now live.

Billy Turner, who attended her Collierville church, recently pleaded not guilty to murder and conspiracy, after the gun in the case was located.

Sherra returns to a California courtroom Jan. 8.  At that time, Sherra will argue whether or not she is, in fact, the Sherra Wright charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, and attempted first-degree murder for an alleged failed attempt to kill Lorenzen in Atlanta before his actual murder.

The DA’s request to the governor included Sherra's mug shot to identify that the DA.knows the identify of the Sherra Wright in question.  Mistaken identity is one of the only options to fight extradition.

Depending on the governor's response, the DA's office says it could be days, weeks or months before Sherra return's to Memphis.

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