Ex-wife of Lorenzen Wright charged with first-degree murder

Ex-wife of Lorenzen Wright charged with first-degree murder
Sherra Wright

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The ex-wife of murdered NBA player Lorenzen Wright has been arrested by U.S Marshals in California.

Sherra Wright, 46, has been charged with being a fugitive of justice, first-degree premeditated murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, and attempted first-degree murder.

Its bad and good. Its a two-way street on this. Its good that we got them, but its bad that my grandkids dont have anybody--they dont have a mother or a father. They got uncles and aunts but they dont have a mother or father,” Deborah Marion, Lorenzen's mother, said.

This arrest comes ten days after a man accused of killing Wright was arrested in Memphis.

Billy Turner, 46. pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges in Lorenzen's 2010 death.

Police believe that Turner and Sherra knew each other at the time of the murder, and worked with a third person to help them.

Sherra is the mother of Lorenzen's six children and moved to Riverside, California after successfully suing to obtain access to her ex-husband's life insurance and retirement funds.

She was criticized for burning through nearly a million dollars of her ex-husband's life insurance money that was taken out just six months before Lorenzen's death.

Police are working to get her extradited back to Memphis.


On July 19, 2010, 34-year-old Lorenzen Wright went missing--last seen by his ex-wife. She told investigators he left their Collierville home, and she didn't know where he went.

A mysterious 911 recording was made late that night by Germantown Police but was not released until after July 28, 2010 when Lorenzen Wright's body was found badly decomposed.

An autopsy determined Wright had been shot at least 9 times.

Different types of shell casings were found at the scene.

After that, the case went cold.

Memphis Police Department gang unit dove back into the case in depth in the summer of 2016.

Nov. 9 of this year, the FBI helped search a remote lake in Walnut, Mississippi and found an alleged murder weapon.

Then things started happening fast.

Dec. 5, Billy Turner was arrested inside a convenience store in Collierville, and then Friday night, Sherra Wright, Lorenzen's ex-wife whom he divorced just months before his murder, was arrested.

MPD said all the credit goes to a collaborative effort between local, state, and national law enforcement, including the FBI, but most importantly, the members of the gang unit who never gave up.

Operation Rebound was what we thought was the perfect title for this case. Because in basketball when you get a rebound, it gives you a second chance. It gives you another chance to score the basket, it gives you an opportunity to win the case, win the game. And thats what we were thinking when we coined this case Operation Rebound--this would give us a second chance to bring some closure to this case," MPD Major Darren Goods said.

Police have not release a motive for the murder, but Wrights mother told WMC Action News 5 that she believe a $1 million life insurance policy was a major factor.

Tonight at 10 p.m., WMC5's Chris Luther will have more on the incredible efforts by investigators that led to these two arrests, and their ominous warning that there might be more arrests to come.

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