Lorenzen Wright: Ex-wife of murdered NBA player arrested

By The Sports Xchange  |  Dec. 16, 2017 at 11:11 AM
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The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright was arrested in California on Friday night in connection to his 2010 murder.

Sherra Wright-Robinson was charged with conspiracy, first-degree murder and criminal attempt first degree murder, the Memphis Police Department said Saturday.

Wright-Robinson has a court date on Monday in Riverside, Calif., according to jail records obtained by the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

The body of Wright, 34, was found in southeast Memphis on July 28, 2010 -- 10 days after he was reported missing. Investigators found evidence of shell casings from different calibers at the scene and at least five gunshot wounds were documented in an autopsy, according to the newspaper.

The seven-year investigation has been one of the Memphis Police Department's most high-profile unsolved cases in the death of Wright, who played for the Memphis Grizzlies and four other NBA teams as a forward and center in 13 seasons before retiring in 2009.

The 6-foot-11, 225-pound Wright averaged 8.0 points and 6.4 rebounds in 778 games during his NBA career with the Los Angeles Clippers, Grizzlies, Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings and Cleveland Cavaliers. He was drafted by the Clippers as the seventh overall pick in 1996. The popular player was born and raised in Memphis.

Wright-Robinson's arrest came after the Dec. 5 indictment of Billy R. Turner in Wright's death.Turner was a deacon at Mt. Olive No. 1 Missionary Baptist Church in Collierville, Tenn., where Wright-Robinson was a former member.

Memphis police said last month that they found a gun used in the killing in a lake near Walnut, Miss., about 75 miles east of Memphis.

"Thank you Jesus. Thank you Jesus. They got her. They got her,'' Lorenzen Wright's mother, Deborah Marion, told the Memphis Commercial Appeal late Friday night. "They need to bury her.''

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