“I want to get back to prove my innocence and get back to my family,” Turner said during one of his many court appearances. “He still maintains to have had nothing to do with the commission or act involving (the death) of Lorenzen Wright whatsoever, planning, doing the execution of it or anything,” said John Perry, Billy Ray Turner’s lawyer. It’s unclear if Sherra Wright will be called to testify in Turner’s trial. It’s unclear if Sherra Wright will be called to testify in Turner’s trial.
Nearly 12 years after NBA basketball standout Lorenzen Wright was found murdered, the man accused of the crime will go on trial. After several delays, in part because of COVID-19, the trial will begin Monday for Billy Ray Turner. Prosecutors accuse Turner, a former church deacon, of conspiring with Lorenzen Wright’s ex-wife, Sherra Wright, to murder him.
The twin sons of slain former NBA player Lorenzen Wright will be the focus of an upcoming installment of ESPN's E60 series, the network told The Commercial Appeal. The program is scheduled to air at 8 p.m. on July 14 on ESPN – although that is subject to change – with Lisa Salters reporting. Memphis basketball coach Penny Hardaway is among those who was interviewed for the show.
A judge reset a hearing on Tuesday to address a request by the ex-wife of slain NBA player Lorenzen Wright to throw out her guilty plea in his 2010 killing in Memphis, Tennessee. Sherra Wright filed a petition for relief of conviction or sentence after her surprise guilty plea to facilitation of murder in July 2019. She has asked Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Lee Coffee -- who approved her guilty plea in Lorenzen Wright's slaying and sentenced her to 30 years in prison -- to hold an evidentiary hearing on her petition. A hearing had been scheduled for Tuesday but it was rescheduled by her attorney and Coffee for July 6.
A Tennessee judge Wednesday set a 2022 trial date for a man charged with conspiring with the ex-wife of Lorenzen Wright to kill the former NBA player nearly 11 years ago in Memphis. Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Lee Coffee told Billy Ray Turner that his trial in Wright’s slaying is scheduled to begin Jan. 31. Turner’s trial had been set for October 2020, but it was postponed after the Tennessee Supreme Court suspended trials last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The state’s high court said in February that trials could resume after March 31.
Sherra Wright has filed a $12 million federal lawsuit against the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office in Memphis, Tennessee. Wright gained regional notoriety after being named as a suspect in the shooting death of her ex-husband, Lorenzen Wright. Wright was a former professional basketball player. In his decades-long career, he played for a half-dozen teams in the NBA, including the Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, and Cleveland Cavaliers. He went missing in July of 2010; his body was found days later. While the case was cold for years, investigators eventually identified Sherra Wright as a suspect.
In 2019, Wright pleaded guilty in her ex-husband’s k and was sentenced to 30 years behind bars. According to WREG.com, Wright’s lawsuit focuses on the months she spent in Shelby County East Jail. In her handwritten complaint, Wright claims that she was subjected to “cruel and unusual punishment” between December 2017 and December 2018. That punishment, Wright charges, deprived of her rights to privacy, decency, and dignity.
A judge Tuesday set an October trial date for a man charged with conspiring with the ex-wife of Lorenzen Wright to kill the former NBA player more than nine years ago in Memphis, Tennessee. Shelby County judge Lee Coffee told Billy Ray Turner during a court hearing that his trial has been scheduled for Oct. 26 after prosecutors and his defense attorney agreed on that day.
A convicted felon charged with conspiring with Lorenzen Wright's ex-wife to kill the retired NBA player is scheduled to face a judge Wednesday in Memphis, Tennessee. Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Lee Coffee could set a trial date for Billy Ray Turner in the death of Lorenzen Wright.
Turner has pleaded not guilty to murder and conspiracy charges in the slaying of Wright, a Memphis native who played for the Memphis Grizzlies and four other NBA teams. Turner pleaded guilty in June to possessing a weapon as a convicted felon. Prosecutors say Turner had two guns when he was charged with Wright's killing. Turner has been sentenced to 16 years in prison on the separate gun charge.
The ex-wife of slain former NBA player Lorenzen Wright pleaded guilty Thursday to facilitation of first-degree murder in his shooting death nine years ago, a surprise development in one of Memphis, Tennessee's biggest murder cases.
Sherra Wright also pleaded guilty to facilitation of a criminal attempt to commit first-degree murder in a hearing in Shelby County Criminal Court. Judge Lee Coffee sentenced her to 30 years in prison. Coffee said Sherra Wright would be eligible for parole once she served 30% of her sentence, which would be around nine years.
Sunday was a day of remembrance for the those who knew and loved Memphis Grizzlies player Lorenzen Wright. A vigil marking the ninth anniversary of his death was held at the FedEx forum. Unlike years past, relatives are closer to justice with the upcoming trial of two suspects accused in the player’s death. For nine years, Lorenzen Wright’s mother has waited for her son’s accused killers to have their day in court.
News outlets report that Sherra Wright's defense attorneys said they were withdrawing the change of venue motion in Shelby County Criminal Court on Tuesday. Her lawyers had argued that intense publicity in the case would be an obstacle for a fair trial in Memphis and they asked a judge to seek a jury composed of people from a separate county.
A doctor has found the jailed ex-wife of slain former NBA player Lorenzen Wright mentally competent to stand trial. Shelby County Criminal Court judge Lee Coffee said Friday that he's been informed by Dr. Wyatt Nichols that Sherra Wright can advise her lawyers and help with her defense against charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder in her ex-husband's slaying.
A judge in Tennessee has ordered a mental evaluation for the jailed ex-wife of slain former NBA player Lorenzen Wright. Criminal Court Judge Lee Coffee said Wednesday that he's signed an order for doctors to evaluate Sherra Wright's ability to stand trial on charges of first-degree murder and attempted murder.
A Tennessee judge issued a $20 million bond Wednesday for the ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright in his shooting death nearly eight years ago. Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Lee Coffee said his decision to give Sherra Wright such a high bond was partly driven by her bad behavior while being held at a women's jail on murder and attempted murder charges in her ex-husband's slaying.
Authorities said she and Billy Turner then conspired to kill him in Memphis, and they dumped one of the guns used in the shooting in a Mississippi lake. One witness cited in the affidavit said Sherra Wright identified the spot where her ex-husband's body would be found, days before it was discovered.
Dr. Bill Adkins: They both, unfortunately, liked to spend. And I do mean spend. …Most married couples have trouble with lack of finances. His problem was affluence and how to handle that affluence. And that caused severe issues between him and his wife.
But a few days later when police questioned Sherra, her story had surprising new details. Marc Perrusquia: By her account, he left with a box of drugs. She implied that Lorenzen was involved in some sort of drug transaction and was planning to "flip something for $110,000." Marc Perrusquia: She also told the police that there were these mysterious gunmen who were stalking him in the days before the murder. Then, on July 28 -- 10 days after Lorenzen was last seen -- Shelby County authorities were finally told about the 911 call. Why it took that long remains a question.
Toney Armstrong: When we first picked this case up, we inherited a cold case. Meanwhile, in their search for possible suspects, detectives were uncovering details of Lorenzen's private life -- and it was troubling. Even though he had reportedly earned more than $55 million during his NBA career, Lorenzen had burned through most of the money and was almost broke at the time of his death.
Fourteen months after Lorenzen's death, Sherra received a million-dollar life insurance payout. Marc Perrusquia: This $1 million insurance policy was set up for the benefit of their children. And, of course, she being the mother, wound up being the fiduciary. So that's an intriguing element to this. Did she have a financial motive in all of this, because here's a quick $1 million. But before long, Sherra was nearly broke again -- having blown through the million dollars in just 10 months, spending most of it on expensive homes, luxury cars and extravagant trips.
Marc Perresquia: When you read this book, you go, like, "Wow." Sherra claimed it was based on her life with Lorenzen. Marc Perresquia: The book is about a woman who has been wronged, who's very embittered, who's been abused … emotionally, has been cheated on. And Sherra also claimed to be writing a sequel where the philandering husband in her first book is murdered.
Armstrong's prayers were answered seven years after the murder of Lorenzen Wright on Nov. 9, 2017. Acting on a tip, Memphis Police went to a lake in Walnut, Mississippi. There, in the murky red clay water, they found a gun believed to be used in the killing. James Brown: How unusual is it to find a key piece of evidence some seven years later? Toney Armstrong: That's the needle in the haystack. They found the needle in the haystack. …and for them to be able to recover that gun is -- is a pretty remarkable feat. Although, Kelvin Cowans had broken up with Sherra Wright, he thought she would be happy when the gun was found. But he didn't get the reaction he expected when he called her to celebrate.
Kelvin Cowans: I say, "Hey, the police have done this great thing. They found the gun that killed Lorenzen." Kelvin Cowans: We got on the phone and she wasn't happy about it at all, and -- James Brown: Really? Kelvin Cowans: --and that bothered me. That -- that was when I first started to believe that, you know what, maybe I haven't been looking at grief, you know, all this time. Maybe I've been looking at guilt. After finding the gun, the case took an unexpected turn. On December 5, police arrested Billy Ray Turner in a convenience store in Collierville, Tenn.
At a bond hearing last week came a stunning revelation: the prosecution identified the alleged co-conspirator. His name is Jimmie Martin, a convicted murderer currently serving time in prison. He's also Sherra Wright's cousin. Martin claims that it was he who plotted with Billy Ray Turner and Sherra to kill Lorenzen Wright -- first in an aborted attempt in Atlanta.
The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright won't face the death penalty if convicted of killing him more than seven years ago in Tennessee, a prosecutor said Monday. Shelby County prosecutor Paul Hagerman told a judge during a hearing that Sherra Wright won't face a death sentence if found guilty of first degree murder in her ex-husband's shooting death. She is being held without bond and has pleaded not guilty in one of the most high-profile murder cases in Memphis' history.
The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright won't face the death penalty if convicted of killing him more than seven years ago in Tennessee.
Former NBA player Lorenzen Wright’s ex-wife is scheduled to make her first court appearance since she was extradited from California on a first-degree murder charge in his death. Sherra Wright is set to be arraigned Thursday in criminal court in Memphis, where her ex-husband grew up and played college and pro basketball.
A Murrieta woman will return to Tennessee where she will face accusations that she killed her ex-husband, who was a former NBA player with the Memphis Grizzlies. Sherra Wright waived extradition during a brief hearing Monday in Riverside County Superior Court. Authorities now have 30 days to bring her to Memphis, where her ex-husband, Lorenzen Wright was found dead in 2010.
The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright is fighting authorities' attempt to extradite her from California to Tennessee, where she is charged with killing him in 2010. Sherra Wright made a very brief appearance Wednesday in Riverside County Superior Court. A judge explained that the only issue in her extradition is whether or not she is the person named in the arrest warrant out of Memphis. Wright said she understood and was told to return for a hearing Jan. 8.
The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright is fighting authorities' attempt to extradite her from California to Tennessee, where she's charged with killing him in 2010. Sherra Wright made a very brief appearance Wednesday in Riverside County Superior Court. A judge explained that the only issue in her extradition is whether or not she's the person named in the arrest warrant out of Memphis.
Wendy Wilson was Lorenzen's personal assistant. In the early 2000's she says Sherra was leaving disturbing and frightening messages for Lorenzen. Wilson recounted those calls Monday when we talked with her by phone from Atlanta. "They were very very concerning, threatening in nature ... very, very off-key. She was very very jealous and very very insecure," said Wilson.
We talked with Sherra Wright by phone this past Thursday, hours before her arrest. She never indicated she knew what was coming. But she told me she and her children would be getting their story out soon with people they trusted. She said a lot of lies have been going around and they wanted the truth told.
The ex-wife of slain NBA star Lorenzen Wright is locked up in Southern California ... after cops busted her in connection with his murder. TMZ Sports got Sherra Wright's mug shot. The Riverside County Sheriff's Dept. busted her Friday evening on a fugitive warrant for murder -- which was issued in Tennessee. Memphis police have charged with 1st degree murder and conspiracy.
Geoff Calkins: Sherra Wright wrote a book about Lorenzen called "Mr. Tell Me Anything." Might be time to update the Amazon reviews: amazon.com/Tell-Anything-…
The ex-wife of slain former NBA player Lorenzen Wright has been arrested in California in connection with his death, sources close to the investigation said Friday. The arrest of Sherra Wright-Robinson came after the Dec. 5 indictment of Billy R. Turner in the former basketball player's death. Turner was a deacon at Mt. Olive No. 1 Missionary Baptist Church in Collierville, where Wright's ex-wife was a former member.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Office said a Sherra Wright was booked Friday night into the Robert Presley Detention Center. Marion said she believes her former daughter-in-law was motivated by money, specifically a $1 million life insurance policy held by Lorenzen Wright.
Deborah Marion, the mother of murdered Memphis-born NBA player Lorenzen Wright, confronted Wright’s alleged killer with one chilling question during his first court appearance on Thursday -- “How could you have murdered my son?” Wright was a University of Memphis basketball standout and a 13-year professional player who played for five NBA teams from 1996 to 2009.
A man has been arrested and charged with murder in the killing of Lorenzen Wright, the basketball standout whose body was found in 2010 and whose slaying has remained a mystery for years, according to a document.
Billy Turner, 46, has been charged with first-degree murder. According to a document, he was indicted Tuesday. The Multi Agency Gang Unit saw him leave a house in the 4700 block of Waterfront Oak Drive, get into a vehicle and travel to the Collierville Express Mart on Highway 72. He was then arrested.
Police say they believe they have found the gun used to kill former NBA player Lorenzen Wright, whose body was found in a swampy field in Tennessee seven years ago. Memphis Police Department spokeswoman Karen Rudolph said Thursday that the gun was found in a lake in Walnut, Mississippi, about 75 miles east of Memphis, Tennessee.
Memphis Police Department found the gun they believe was used to kill Lorenzen Wright in July 2010. Officers found the gun in a lake in Walnut, Mississippi.
June 25, 2022 | 1:38 pm EDT Update
Sean Highkin: Joe Cronin: “This is a good day for the Trail Blazers. It was a long season for us. We lost a lot of games, but this is the result. We were able to get into the draft and select two players we think are very talented.”
Sean Highkin: Joe Cronin on Shaedon Sharpe: “He was our guy all along. We weren’t confident he’d be there at 7. There were a few teams ahead of us that thought could take him. You’re waiting and waiting, and then when you hear a certain name called and your guy gets to you, it creates energy.”
Sean Highkin: Chauncey Billups on Shaedon Sharpe: “I didn’t see him play as much, other than our scouts showing me some of his high-school clips. Just an incredible talent. Uber talent. Can do it all. We watched him work out in Chicago and we all left there kind of amazed.”
June 25, 2022 | 12:40 pm EDT Update
The Rockets will pick up their option on the third season of forward Jae’Sean Tate’s contract by Wednesday’s deadline, a person with knowledge of the decision said. Tate will earn $1.9 million in the final season of the contract he signed as an undrafted free agent.