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Details of NBA star Lorenzen Wright’s death after body found on court

The ex-wife of a former NBA star is in jail for her role in the basketball player’s horrific murder in a case that shocked the nation.

The discovery of Lorenzen Wright’s body in a field, riddled with bullets, 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 her decomposed body was found in a field in 2010.

Lorenzen was a 34-year-old former NBA basketball pro who played 13 total seasons after being drafted seventh overall in 1996.

The father of six has played for the Los Angeles Clippers, Atlanta Hawks, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings and Cleveland Cavaliers at various times in his career.

His 2010 murder is one of the highest-profile murder cases in Memphis history, according to The Associated Press.

STRANGE DISAPPEARANCE

The former NBA pro disappeared on the night of July 18, 2010.

Police said he had just moved out of the Tennessee home of his ex-wife Sherra Wright, the two having only been divorced for five months at the time.

The 2010 murder of Lorenzen Wright is one of the highest-profile murder cases in Memphis history, according to The Associated Press.
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The Memphis Grizzlies and the City of Memphis have offered a $5,000 reward for information on Lorenzen’s whereabouts after his disappearance.

The State of Tennessee was willing to pay $10,000 and Crime Stoppers paid $1,000.

A tragic discovery came 10 days after her disappearance. His body was found decomposing in a desolate field near a golf course.

Sherra Wright, Lorenzen’s ex-wife, pleaded guilty to facilitating first-degree murder and was sentenced to 30 years.
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He was found with 11 shots to the head, torso and right forearm, law enforcement said.

A seven-year investigation followed.

FAILED 911 CALL

Lorenzen attempted to call 911 on the morning of July 19, just after she disappeared.

The dispatcher could not have located him or understood what he was saying.

Instead, they reported hearing gunshots in the background.

The appeal would later be played in court with the resounding sound of gunshots presented to the jury.

Police say Lorenzen had just left his ex-wife Sherra's Tennessee home before he died.
Police say Lorenzen had just left his ex-wife Sherra’s Tennessee home before he died.
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FAMILY AFFAIR

Three suspects were eventually arrested in connection with what happened to Lorenzen, including Sherra Wright’s cousin.

Lorenzen’s ex-wife Sherra, his landscaper Billy Ray Turner and his cousin Jimmie Martin were all taken away by police for questioning.

Martin testified in court that Sherra Wright recruited him and Turner to kill Lorenzen.

PREVIOUS “ATTEMPTED MURDER”

Prosecutors said Martin and Turner previously drove to Lorenzen’s Atlanta apartment with firearms.

Billy Ray Turner, Sherra's landscaper, was recruited by her to kill Lorenzen Wright.
Billy Ray Turner, Sherra’s landscaper, was recruited by her to kill Lorenzen Wright.
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They reportedly broke in, only to find someone sleeping on the couch with Lorenzen not at home.

They left and Sherra Wright came up with another plan.

ROMANCE WITH TURNER

According to prosecutors in Turner’s trial, Turner and Sherra Wright were romantically involved.

Turner was a landscaper in Atlanta and had met Sherra Wright through the church they both attended.

She could easily manipulate Turner, prosecutors said.

Louise Vassar, grandmother of Lorenzen Wright, cries as she touches the casket during her memorial service in Memphis.
Louise Vassar, grandmother of Lorenzen Wright, cries as she touches the casket during her memorial service in Memphis.
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TIRED OF ESCAPE

Sherra Wright allegedly told her cousin that she had conspired with Turner to have Lorenzen meet her in the field, where he would be attacked.

Martin further explained in his court testimony that Sherra told him that she and Turner ambushed Lorenzen after luring him there.

They chased Lorenzen, who jumped a fence and tried to escape before shooting him.

Sherra Wright initially supported a story that Lorenzen was killed in a drug deal gone wrong.

In July 2019, she changed her tune and pleaded guilty to a charge of facilitating first degree murder.

As Martin was already on trial for the alleged murder of his girlfriend, he was granted immunity in this case.

During Martin’s testimony at trial, he told the jury that Turner dumped the gun in a northern Mississippi lake and told detectives where to locate 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 discovered.

A 12-person jury deliberated for two hours before convicting Turner of first-degree murder, attempted murder and conspiracy in the death of Lorenzen on March 21, 2022.

Turner was sentenced to life in prison.

LIFE INSURANCE CLAIMS

Although a motive was not specified in court, Lorenzen’s mother, Deborah Marion, claims Sherra killed him to access his million-dollar life insurance policy.

Sherra reportedly quickly spent the million dollars after his death.

The policy was in place to care for the couple’s six living 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 arguing for Sherra’s early release in May 2022, while Marion spoke out against her release.

Lorenzen Wright's mother claims Sherra killed him to access his million dollar life insurance policy.
Lorenzen Wright’s mother claims Sherra killed him to access his million dollar life insurance policy.
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Sherra claimed she did well in jail and should be released early in a request that was denied.

She is serving her sentence in a rehabilitation center and must remain 30% of it before talking about release.

This story originally appeared on The Sun and has been reproduced here with permission.

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