Sherra Wright and Billy Ray Turner are charged with murder in the 2010 death of Wright’s ex-husband, former NBA star Lorenzen Wright. Both of them are expected to appear in court Tuesday morning at hearing, scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Watch live in the player above, courtesy of Fox13 Memphis.
Lorenzen Wright was a former forward and center who played for the Los Angeles Clippers, Atlanta Hawks, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings, and Cleveland Cavaliers during a professional basketball career that spanned from 1996 until 2009. He disappeared in July 2010 and was found dead days later with multiple gunshot wounds. The case was cold for seven years.
Sherra Wright was arrested in California in Decemeber 2017, and has been in jail ever since, with bail set at $20 million. She is charged with first-degree murder but will not face the death penalty. She was also charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, and attempted first-degree murder for a separate, previous alleged plot to kill her ex-husband.
Turner, a landscaper who went to Sherra Wright’s church, is also charged with murder in the case. According to an affidavit, the pair were involved in a relationship at the time of Lorenzen Wright’s death, and had been heard discussing potential plots to kill the basketball player. Turner will not face the death penalty either.
Prosecutors have also named Jimmy Martin as an unindicted co-conspirator. They say Martin is Sherra Wright’s cousin, and that he led authorities to the alleged murder weapon, which investigators found in a lake in Mississippi.