MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Authorities say the ex-wife of former NBA participant Lorenzen Wright has been charged with first-degree homicide in his dying greater than seven years in the past.
Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings mentioned Saturday that Sherra Wright has been charged within the dying of her ex-husband, a Memphis native who performed for 5 groups over 13 seasons as a ahead and heart within the NBA.
Police in Riverside County, California, arrested Sherra Wright on Friday night time on a fugitive from justice warrant, on-line information present.
Wright’s decomposing physique was present in suburban Memphis on July 28, 2010 – 10 days after the 34-year-old was reported lacking. He was shot a number of instances. The seven-year investigation into his dying has been one of many Memphis Police Division’s most high-profile unsolved instances.
Billy R. Turner was indicted on a first-degree homicide cost Dec. 5 in Wright’s dying. He has pleaded not responsible. Media stories have mentioned Turner, a landscaper, and Sherra Wright attended the identical church. Rallings wouldn’t talk about the connection between Turner and Wright, however he mentioned police had been assured they knew one another.
Police mentioned final month that that they had discovered a gun used within the killing in a lake close to Walnut, Mississippi, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) east of Memphis.
“The weapon was key,” Rallings mentioned.
Rallings mentioned police are different individuals within the investigation.
Sherra Wright acquired $1 million from her ex-husband’s life insurance coverage coverage. She agreed to a settlement in 2014 in a court docket dispute over how she spent the insurance coverage cash meant to learn their six kids, The Industrial Attraction has reported.
Born and raised in Memphis, Lorenzen Wright was a fan favourite because of his charity work with youth and his father’s involvement as a coach in summer season leagues. Former NBA gamers and associates together with Anfernee Hardaway and Elliot Perry attended a memorial service for Wright within the days after his physique was discovered.
Sherra Wright spoke with police after her ex-husband’s physique was discovered. In keeping with an affidavit, Sherra Wright instructed police she noticed him depart her dwelling carrying cash and a field of medicine on July 18, 2010, as he left her dwelling.
Earlier than he left, Sherra Wright mentioned she overheard her ex-husband on the phone telling somebody that he was going to “flip one thing for $110,000,” the doc mentioned.
Sherra Wright mentioned Lorenzen Wright left her dwelling in a automobile with an individual she couldn’t determine. The affidavit mentioned Sherra Wright gave the statements to police within the Memphis suburb of Collierville, the place she lives, on July 27 – 9 days after he left her home for the final time.
Within the early morning of July 19, a police dispatcher within the suburb of Germantown acquired a name from Wright’s cellphone. Dispatchers acknowledged they heard noises like gunshots earlier than the decision was dropped.
Dispatchers mentioned they did not alert patrol officers or commanders as a result of they could not affirm it got here from their jurisdiction. They did not ship a patrol officer or relay the data to Memphis police till days later.
Wright’s mom filed a missing-person report with Collierville police on July 22, 2010. Authorities in Collierville had been accused of dragging their ft within the days after the report was filed, and an obvious lack of communication stored authorities from linking the 911 name to the missing-person report.
Wright’s physique was present in a area close to some woods on the peak of summer season, complicating the investigation as a result of proof had doubtless deteriorated within the warmth. An post-mortem report confirmed bullet fragments had been lodged in Wright’s cranium, chest and proper forearm.