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.
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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.
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June 21, 2018 | 11:39 am EDT Update
Two days ahead of the NBA Draft, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich finally got a meeting with disgruntled star forward Kawhi Leonard in Southern California, hoping to open a line of communication that will lead to Leonard backing off the trade demand he lodged with the team last week. That drama figures to overshadow Thursday’s draft. But executives around the league say it’s near impossible that the Spurs and Leonard can work out their differences in time for the draft, which would leave San Antonio — which owns the No. 18 pick — in limbo as the team makes its selection. Ideally, the Spurs would have a clear view on Leonard’s future so that they could acquire more picks in this draft.
That complication is going to make trade talks extremely difficult for the Spurs before Thursday’s draft. “They are not going to want to rush something like that,” one general manager told Sporting News. “The teams they’re dealing with are looking at too much uncertainty, and that’s got to drive down the price they’re willing to pay. The Spurs will have a hard time getting fair value for him, but you’d rather get quarters on the dollar than pennies on the dollar.”
Additionally, some of the trade scenarios that have been floated for Leonard, both executives noted, have been too generous to the Spurs. “No one is going to make an even trade here,” the general manager said. “If San Antonio has to do this, they’re dealing from a position of weakness. The only thing they will be able to do is not be too weak here.”
After being a member of the Milwaukee Bucks since 2014, where he arrived from the Nets together with coach Jason Kidd (photo) Sean Sweeney is leaving for the Detroit Pistons. According to sources close to the negotiations, Sweeney has a multiyear deal with Detroit in order to become a member of newly hired coach Dwane Casey’s staff.
June 21, 2018 | 11:00 am EDT Update
Hapoel Jerusalem reached an agreement for the return of Amar’e Stoudemire to the team, as reported by Sport5. Before finalizing the contract, Jerusalem is waiting to see how the roster will be build. The idea of Jerusalem is have a core of young players to put around Stoudemire.
Adrian Wojnarowski: A sprained left ankle has limited 7-footer Mitchell Robinson to only jump shooting in recent workouts, sources tell ESPN. He will be back to full strength soon. He’s the 28th-rated prospect in the ESPN Top 100.
Is there an NBA player that you’ve reached out to for guidance? Lonnie Walker: De’Aaron Fox. He’s just giving me an ideal visual of how hard it is — the mental game, how much that involves, his perspective. So having De’Aaron around has definitely helped me out since I’m going through what he just went through last year.