Wright who was a star basketball player in high school and at the University of Memphis, retired at an early age but his retirement ended in a shocking, violent manner as his bullet-ridden body was found in a swampy field outside Memphis in July 2010. He was aged 34 and had been out of basketball a year.
Wright’s ex-wife, Sherra Wright-Robinson, 46, was taken into custody in Riverside, California, and charged with conspiring with a Memphis-area man to kill her former husband. She was indicted on charges of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.
Billy Turner, also 46, of the Memphis suburb of Collierville, was arrested December 5 and charged with the same offenses, Rallings said. Turner pleaded not guilty on Tuesday. He remains in the Shelby County Jail on $1 million bond.
Lorenzen Wright’s ex-wife has been charged with his murder. In 2015, SI investigated and asked Wright’s ex-wife if she had any part in the murder.
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Rallings didn’t say exactly what led police to make the arrests and didn’t provide a motive for the killing. He said more people may be charged. When asked about the relationship between the suspects, Rallings said, “It’s safe to say they knew each other.”
Wright was a first-round pick in the NBA draft and played 13 seasons in the league, including a stint with the Memphis Grizzlies. He left behind 6 children at the time of his murder.