Ex-wife of former National Basketball Association player charged in his 2010 killing

Lorenzen Wright's ex-wife arrested in connection to NBA star's murder seven years ago

Lorenzen Wright's ex-wife arrested in connection to NBA star's murder seven years ago

The ex-wife of former National Basketball Association player Lorenzen Wright was arrested Friday night in connection to his 2010 murder, authorities said.

She has been charged with conspiracy, first-degree murder and criminal attempt first-degree murder, Memphis police Director Michael Rallings said in announcing the charges Saturday.

MPD confirmed with what FOX13 reported Friday night that Sherra Wright was arrested in her Riverside, California home Friday night. Lorenzen had been shot at least five times.

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

Earlier in December, the Memphis police charged Billy R. Turner, 46, with Lorenzen's murder after they discovered one of the murder weapons in a Mississippi Lake.

Fox 13 in Memphis reported that Sherra Wright was arrested in California. "They was like, no, you know", she said.

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

The superseding indictment adds some detail to what prosecutors and investigators believe led to Lorenzen Wright's death in July 2010.

The former National Basketball Association star was last seen alive on July 18, 2010 when he left Wright-Robinson's home.

Before he left, Sherra Wright said she overheard her ex-husband on the telephone telling someone that he was going to "flip something for $110,000", the document said. Former NBA players and friends including Anfernee Hardaway and Elliot Perry attended a memorial service for Wright in the days after his body was found.

Sherra Wright said Lorenzen Wright left in a auto with a person she could not identify. He apparently called 911 shortly after midnight on July 19, 2010 from a field near TPC Southwind golf course. Dispatchers acknowledged they heard noises like gunshots before the call was dropped.

Wright, who had bullet fragments lodged in his skull, chest, and right forearm, was found in a field near the woods in the height of summer, complicating the investigation because evidence had likely deteriorated in the heat. She said police told her Sherra will be charged with murder; the same as Billy Turner.

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