Slain Lorenzen Wright’s Ex-Wife Denied Parole After Helping Plot His Gruesome Murder

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Slain Lorenzen Wright’s Ex-Wife Denied Parole After Helping Plot His Gruesome Murder


A 911 call in Germantown, a suburb of Memphis, Tennessee, in July 2010:


“Hey, Goddamn!” “Germantown 911, what’s the emergency? Hello? Hello? Hello? I don’t have nothing but gunshots,“


These were the final moments in the life of former NBA star, Lorenzen Wright. 10 days later, Wright had been reported missing by his mother.

K9s were able to find the weather-worn corpse of Wright, that had already been decomposed by animals to a such extent that the body of the 230 pound big man had dwindled to just 57 pounds. 

At least nine shots were fired at the 13-year NBA veteran. Shots pierced Wright’s head and chest—and the autopsy report stated that ‘additional gunshot wounds could not be excluded’.

It took nine long years to get justice for the gruesome murder. In 2019, the ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright, Sherra Wright, pleaded guilty to facilitation of first-degree murder, and to facilitation of a criminal attempt to commit first degree murder and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. 

Per The Guardian:


Sherra Wright and co-defendant Billy Turner were charged in December 2017 with first-degree murder. Turner’s trial remains scheduled for September. He has already pleaded guilty to a gun charge related to Lorenzen Wright’s shooting. Hagerman would not say whether Sherra Wright would testify during Turner’s trial.

Turner, a landscaper in the Memphis suburb of Collierville, and Sherra Wright attended the same church. Witnesses said Sherra Wright masterminded a plan to have two men kill Lorenzen Wright at his home in Atlanta, but that attempt failed, according to an affidavit. She and Turner then conspired to kill him in Memphis, and they dumped one of the guns used in the shooting in a Mississippi lake, authorities have said. A gun that was allegedly used in the killing was found in the lake weeks before charges were filed in the case.


But after only serving less than four years of her 30-year sentence Sherra Wright plead for parole earlier this month. The board of parole independently reviewed her case and unanimously voted against her request for parole. Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich issued the following statement on the decision:

“Today’s denial of early parole for Sherra Wright was welcome news to the family and friends of Lorenzen Wright, and to all those who believe that criminal defendants should be held accountable for their crimes. To have released this defendant after she has served less than five years of a 30-year sentence for murder conspiracy would have diminished respect for the law by declaring a policy of tolerance for violent criminal behavior. This case illustrates why I support Truth in Sentencing.”


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