THE ex-wife of a former NBA star is in prison for her role in the basketball player’s horror murder in a case that shocked the nation.
The discovery of Lorenzen Wright’s body in a bullet-riddled field is just one of the many chilling details of his death.
Sherra Wright pleaded guilty to her role in Lorenzen’s death in 2019 and was sentenced to 30 years in prison after his decomposed body was found in a field in 2010.
Lorenzen was a 34-year-old former NBA professional basketball player who played 13 total seasons after being drafted seventh overall in 1996.
The father of six played for the Los Angeles Clippers, Atlanta Hawks, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings and Cleveland Cavaliers at various points in his career.
His 2010 assassination is one of the most publicized murders in Memphis history, according to the Associated Press.
The former NBA professional disappeared on the night of July 18, 2010.
Police said he had just left his ex-wife Sherra’s home in Tennessee, at which point the two had only been divorced five months.
Both the Memphis Grizzlies and the city of Memphis offered a $5,000 reward for information on Lorenzen’s whereabouts following his disappearance.
The state of Tennessee agreed to pay $10,000 and Crime Stoppers provided $1,000.
Ten days after he was reported missing, a tragic discovery was made. His body was found decomposing in an abandoned field area near a golf course.
He was found with 11 shots to the head, torso and right forearm, law enforcement officials revealed.
A seven-year investigation followed.
FAILED 911 CALL
Lorenzen attempted to call 911 on the morning of July 19, shortly after he went missing.
The dispatcher reportedly couldn’t locate him or understand what he was saying.
Instead, they reported hearing gunshots in the background.
The call was later played in court with the echoing sound of gunshots being presented to the jury.
Three suspects were eventually taken into custody in connection with what happened to Lorenzen, including Sherra’s cousin.
Lorenzen’s ex-wife Sherra, her landscaper Billy Ray Turner and her cousin Jimmie Martin were all arrested by police for questioning.
Martin testified in court that Sherra recruited him and Turner to kill Lorenzen.
PREVIOUS “MURDER ATTEMPT”
Prosecutors said Martin and Turner previously walked into Lorenzen’s Atlanta home with guns.
They reportedly broke in only to find someone sleeping on the couch while Lorenzen wasn’t home.
They left and Sherra hatched a new plan.
ROMANCE WITH TURNER
According to prosecutors in Turner’s trial, Turner and Sherra had a romantic relationship.
Turner was a landscape gardener in Atlanta and had met Sherra through church, which they both attended.
She could easily manipulate Turner, prosecutors said.
tired of escaping
Sherra allegedly told her cousin that she conspired with Turner to have Lorenzen meet her on the field, where he would be attacked.
Martin went on to explain in court testimony that Sherra told him that she and Turner ambushed Lorenzen after luring him there.
They chased Lorenzen, who jumped over a fence and tried to escape before they shot him.
Sherra originally claimed a story that Lorenzen was killed in a drug deal gone awry.
In July 2019, she changed her mind and pleaded guilty to first-degree murder.
Since Martin was already on trial for the alleged murder of his girlfriend, he was granted immunity in the case.
During Martin’s testimony at the trial, he told the jury that Turner dumped the gun in a lake in northern Mississippi and he had told detectives where to find the gun in 2012.
The gun was later found by FBI divers just 50 miles from where Lorenzen’s body was discovered, and Turner was arrested in 2017 shortly after the murder weapon was found.
A 12-member jury deliberated for two hours before finding Turner guilty of first-degree murder, attempted murder and conspiracy in Lorenzen’s March 21, 2022 death.
Turner was sentenced to life imprisonment.
LIFE INSURANCE CLAIMS
Although a motive has not been established in court, Lorenzen’s mother, Deborah Marion, claims Sherra killed him to gain access to his million-dollar life insurance policy.
Sherra reportedly quickly spent the $1 million after his death.
The policy was to look after the ex-couple’s six surviving children should anything happen to them.
Their children include Lorenzen Wright Jr., Loren Wright, twins Lamar and Shamar Wright, Sofia Wright and Lawson Wright.
Two of Wright’s children made statements to the Tennessee Parole Board to lobby for Sherra’s early release in May 2022, while Marion opposed her release.
Sherra claimed she behaved well in prison and should be released early as her application was denied.
She is serving her sentence in a rehabilitation center and must serve 30 percent of it before her release is discussed.
Sherra will appear before the parole board again in May 2027.
The case will be highlighted on ABC on 20/20.
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