Ex-Wife Arrested on Suspicion of Murdering NBA Player

She's 2nd person arrested this month in killing of Lorenzen Wright
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 16, 2017 11:58 AM CST
Ex-Wife Arrested in 2010 Murder of NBA Player
Sherra Wright was arrested Friday on suspicion of murdering her ex-husband, NBA player Lorenzen Wright, in 2010.   (Riverside Sheriff's Department)

A NBA player's body was found in a field in Memphis, Tennessee, more than seven years ago. On Friday, authorities arrested his ex-wife in connection with his murder. Fox 13 reports Sherra Wright was arrested Friday at her home in California on suspicion of first-degree murder. She's also accused of attempted first-degree murder for what authorities say was an earlier attempt to kill her husband, Lorenzen Wright, according to the Commercial Appeal. On July 19, 2010, Lorenzen Wright's cellphone called 911 from a field in Memphis. The call was cut short by gunshots, and Wright's body—shot at least five times—was found in the field nine days later. He was 34 when he died.

Memphis Police say its gang unit received information about Wright's death in May or June of this year. In November, the FBI found what is believed to be the murder weapon in a lake in Mississippi. "We followed the evidence and the evidence led us to Billy Turner and Sherra Wright," Major Darren Goods says. Turner was arrested Dec. 5 and faces the same charges as Wright. It's been reported Turner and Sherra Wright attended the same church, but their exact relationship is unclear. Lorenzen Wright's mother says she believes Sherra Wright killed her son for money, including a $1 million life insurance policy. Lorenzen Wright was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers in 1996 and played for five teams before the end of his career in 2009, the Washington Post reports. (More Lorenzen Wright stories.)

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