Lorenzen Wright with the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Media Day in the fall of 2008.
(AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright has been charged with 2010 murder in Memphis, police said.
Sherra Wright, who was taken into custody at her home in Riverside, California. on Friday is the second person arrested in the case.
“Thank you, Jesus! Thank you, Jesus! They got her! They got her!” Lorenzen Wright’s mother, Deborah Marion, said Friday, according to The Memphis Commercial Appeal. “They should bury her.”
Wright ‘ s dead body was found in a suburb of Memphis, on July 28, 2010 – 10 days after the 34-year-old was reported missing. He was shot multiple times.
Sherra Wright was charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy in connection with the death and with the criminal tried in the first degree.
The seven-year investigation into his death is one of the Memphis Police Department’s most high-profile unsolved cases.
Billy Turner, 46, was indicted on first-degree murder charges Dec. 5 in Wright’s death. He pleaded not guilty.
Mug shot for Sherra Wright.
(Riverside Sheriff’s Department)
Sherra Wright and Turner knew each other well, Fox 13 Memphis reported. They were Facebook friends and visited the church.
The police said that she and Turner tried to kill Wright on a previous occasion.
The arrests came after the Memphis police gang unit received information about the case at the end of May or beginning of June, the Commercial Appeal reported Saturday.
Sherra Wright-Robinson and Billy Ray Turner both attended the same Collierville church. Now both have been arrested in connection with #LorezenWright the murder.
FOX13 broke the news. We continue to learn of new information about the arrests and the most important evidence. Stay tuned… pic.twitter.com/bvRydi0UJH
— Zach Crenshaw (@ZachCFOX13) December 16, 2017
“We looked through this thing and we have one thing, we followed the evidence and the evidence led us to Billy Turner, and Sherra Wright,” Memphis Police Major Darren goods Goods said Saturday. “We wanted to investigate it as if it just happened. We went to the crime scene and walked in Lorenzen the last steps.”
He said that she called the investigation ” Operation Rebound,” according to the paper.
“We thought of this case,” Operation Rebound, ” and the basketball connection is undeniable,” said Goods. “Lorenzen Wright was a native boy. He played basketball in this city, came back to play professional basketball in this city, and he lost his life in this city.”
Goods added, “In basketball, a comment gives you a chance to win the game. This gives us a second chance to bring closure to this matter and give the grieving family some relief.”
Marion said she believes her son was murdered over his $1 million life insurance policy, the paper reported.
Breaking news: I have heard that the burned items found in the couple’s yard after LoWright the dead was an important part of the ongoing investigations. pic.twitter.com/9k4AS8zZYJ
— Mearl Purvis (@Mearlonfox13) December 16, 2017
Sherra Wright was paid the insurance money. They came to a settlement in 2014 in a legal dispute over how she spent the insurance money intended to benefit their six children, The Commercial Appeal has reported.
The basketball star at the University of Memphis to play for five NBA teams in 13 seasons, before retiring in 2009. He was visiting Memphis from his home in the Atlanta area in the summer of 2010 when he disappeared.
Wright was a favourite with the fans due to his love of working with youth and his father’s involvement as a coach in summer leagues. The former NBA players and friends, including Anfernee Hardaway and Elliot Perry went to a memorial service for Wright in the days after his body was found.
Sherra Wright spoke with the police after her ex-husband’s body was found. According to a statement, Sherra Wright told police she saw him leave her home carrying money and a box of drugs on July 18, 2010, when he took her home.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.