The ex-wife of slain former NBA player Lorenzen Wright was arrested on a fugitive warrant in Norco on Friday, Dec. 15 on a first-degree murder charge of killing her ex-husband.
Sherra Wright, 38, was arrested during a traffic stop on the 15 Freeway near Hidden Valley Parkway on the Corona-Norco border about 8 p.m.
Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings said Saturday that Sherra Wright has been charged with first-degree murder.
Two sons of Sherra and Lorenzen Wright, twins Lamar and Shamar, play basketball at Murrieta Mesa High. Murrieta Mesa played in a tournament in Rancho Cucamonga on Friday.
The 2010 death of the Memphis native who played for five teams over 13 seasons as a forward and center in the NBA has been one of the Memphis Police Department’s most high-profile unsolved cases.
The body of Wright, 34, was found badly decomposed in southeast Memphis in July 2010 –10 days after he was reported missing. He was shot multiple times.
Billy R. Turner was indicted on a first-degree murder charge Dec. 5 in Wright’s death. He has pleaded not guilty. Media reports have said Turner, a landscaper, and Sherra Wright attended the same church where Turner was a deacon. Rallings would not discuss the connection between Turner and Wright, but he said police were confident they knew each other.
Police said last month that they had found a gun used in the killing in a lake near Walnut, Mississippi, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) east of Memphis.
“The weapon was key,” Rallings said.
Rallings said police are looking at other people in the investigation.
Sherra Wright received $1 million from her ex-husband’s life insurance policy. She agreed to a settlement in 2014 in a court dispute over how she spent the insurance money meant to benefit their six children, The Commercial Appeal has reported.
“Thank you Jesus! Thank you Jesus! They got her! They got her!’’ Lorenzen Wright’s mother, Deborah Marion, told The Commerical Appeal. “They need to bury her.’’
Wright was a first-round draft pick of the Clippers in 1996 out of the University of Memphis. Wright played 13 seasons in the NBA, for the Clippers, Atlanta Hawks, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings and Cleveland Cavaliers.
For his career, Wright, a 6-foot-11 center, averaged 8.0 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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