The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright was arrested in California and charged with first-degree murder Friday night.
Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings said Saturday that Sherra Wright has been charged in the death of her ex-husband, a Memphis native who starred at the University of Memphis and was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers as the seventh overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft. He played 13 seasons in the NBA with the Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings and Cleveland Cavaliers before retiring in 2009.
Wright-Robinson was indicted and arrested for conspiracy, criminal attempted first degree & first degree murder in the death of Wright, police said.
The former NBA star was last seen alive on July 18, 2010 when he left Wright-Robinson’s home. The next day, police received a phone call from Wright’s cell phone, but it was interrupted by gunfire, according to Shelby County District Attorney’s Office.
Wright’s body was later discovered on July 28, 2010, in a field near Hacks Cross and Winchester. The then 34-year-old was shot multiple times.
The seven-year investigation into his death has been one of the Memphis Police Department’s most high-profile unsolved cases.
Billy R. Turner was indicted on a first-degree murder charge Dec. 5 in Wright’s death. He has pleaded not guilty. Media reports have said Turner, a landscaper, and Sherra Wright attended the same church.
Investigators found the alleged murder weapon in a lake near Walnut, Mississippi, on Nov. 9, 2017.
“The weapon was key,” said Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings.