Lorenzen Wright’s ex-wife arrested in connection to his murder
The ex-wife of a slain NBA player has been arrested in connection to his murder, according to reports.
Sherra Wright was arrested in Riverside, Calif., on Friday night more than seven years after Lorenzen Wright’s bullet-riddled body was found decomposing in a Tennessee suburb, Fox13 reported.
It remains unclear what charges she faces since the indictment is still sealed.
Billy Turner — a deacon at the church Lorenzen and Sherra Wright attended — was arrested and charged with first-degree murder on Tuesday. He pleaded not guilty.
Sherra Wright, ex-wife of Lorenzen Wright, cries during a memorial service honoring the life of Lorenzen Wright in 2010.
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Lorenzen Wright’s murder remained one of Memphis police’s highest-profile cold cases until investigators found a murder weapon in Mississippi last month, according to Fox 13.
The 34-year-old who played for the Cleveland Cavaliers was last seen on July 18, 2010, as he left his ex-wife’s home.
In the early morning of July 19, a police dispatcher in the suburb of Germantown received a call from Wright’s cell phone. Dispatchers acknowledged they heard noises like gunshots before the call was dropped.
Billy R. Turner was arrested and charged with first-degree murder on Tuesday. He pleaded not guilty.
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But dispatchers didn’t alert patrol officers or commanders because they couldn’t confirm it came from their jurisdiction. They didn’t send a patrol officer or relay the information to Memphis police until days later.
Wright’s mother filed a missing-person report with Collierville police on July 22, 2010. Authorities in Collierville were accused of dragging their feet in the days after the report was filed, and an apparent lack of communication kept authorities from linking the 911 call to the missing-person report.
Wright’s body was found in a field near some woods in the height of summer, complicating the investigation because evidence had likely deteriorated in the heat. An autopsy report showed bullet fragments were lodged in Wright’s skull, chest and right forearm.
Relatives of slain former NBA player Lorenzen Wright pray during a candlelight vigil in his honor on Thursday, July 28, 2011 in Memphis, Tenn.
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After Turner was charged with Wright’s murder, the NBA star’s mother Deborah Marion expressed her relief.
She told WREG-TV, “Thank you, Jesus. Thank you, Jesus. You gotta pray for what you want and that’s what I did.”
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