Lorenzen Wright’s ex-wife arrested in connection to his murder seven years later

NBA player Lorenzen Wright’s ex-wife, Sherra Wright, was arrested on Friday in connection with his murder.

The arrest comes seven years after Lorenzen Wright was shot to death in a suburb in Tennessee.

Sherra’s indictment is currently sealed, but Lorenzen’s mother, Deborah Marion, said police charged Sherra with murder.

On Tuesday, Billy Turner, a deacon at the church the couple used to attend, was also arrested and charged with first-degree murder. He pleaded not guilty.

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A shocking murder

The NBA player’s murder was one of Memphis’ highest-profile cold cases, until the murder weapon was found in Mississippi last month.

Lorenzen, 34, played for the Cleveland Cavaliers and was last seen on July 18, 2010, after he left the home of ex-wife.

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MEMPHIS - DECEMBER 17: (L-R) Sherra Wright (Lorenzen's wife), Lorenzen Wright of the Memphis Grizzlies and Dahntay Jones of the Memphis Grizzlies read holiday books to kids during a Grizzlies Read to Achive event at Borders Bookstore on December 17, 2003 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
MEMPHIS - DECEMBER 17: (L-R) Sherra Wright (Lorenzen's wife), Lorenzen Wright of the Memphis Grizzlies, Dahntay Jones of the Memphis Grizzlies and Joann Jones (Dahntay's mother) sing to kids during a Grizzlies Read to Achive event at Borders Bookstore on December 17, 2003 in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 16: (L-R) Janeen Casey, Sherra Dunklin, Kia Russ and Johnny Wright attend The Nobody Was Thirsty Project at Cafe Was on July 16, 2008 in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by DAVID CROTTY/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
MEMPHIS, TN - AUGUST 4: Sherra Wright, ex-wife of Lorenzen Wright, cries during a memorial service honoring the life of Lorenzen Wright on August 4, 2010 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
MEMPHIS, TN - AUGUST 4: Sherra Wright, ex-wife of Lorenzen Wright and Herbert Wright Sr., father of Lorenzen Wright sit during a memorial service honoring the life of Lorenzen Wright on August 4, 2010 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
MEMPHIS, TN - AUGUST 4: Sherra Wright, ex-wife of Lorenzen Wright and Herbert Wright Sr., father of Lorenzen Wright sit during a memorial service honoring the life of Lorenzen Wright on August 4, 2010 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
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On July 19, police got a phone call from Lorenzen’s cell, and according to dispatchers, they heard what sounded like gunshots before the call ended.

Because they were unsure what jurisdiction the call came from, authorities did not pass the information onto patrol officers or commanders. Days later, a patrol officer was sent to give the information to Memphis police.

On July 22, 2010, Lorenzen’s mother filed a missing person’s report with police in Collierville.

Apparently there was a lack of communication among officers and no one linked the 911 call to Lorenzen’s missing person’s report.

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A possible motive

Lorenzen Wright’s body was found with bullet fragments in his skull, right forearm and his chest. Due to the summer heat causing deterioration to the body, authorities were unable to gather much evidence.

According to Gail Mathes, Sherra Wright’s divorce lawyer, Sherra divorced Lorenzen months before he was murdered. The ex-wife had not held a job in 17 years and was approximately $3 million in debt.

Lorenzen’s mother believes Sherra killed her son to get the $1 million life insurance policy.

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