Sherra Wright-Robinson, ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy in connection to his 2010 death.
Sherra Wright is scheduled to return to court in Riverside County, California today as she fights extradition to Tennessee on conspiracy and first-degree murder charges in the death of her slain ex-husband, former NBA player Lorenzen Wright, seven years ago.
A judge explained during a short hearing last month that all he must consider to have her extradited is whether she is the person named in a warrant for her arrest.
“She’s exercising her right to go through the process,” her attorney Eric Keen said in December. “The burden is on the prosecution to prove it’s her.”
The California extradition hearing was delayed once before so Wright could have a medical evaluation. Her lawyer hasn’t commented on her health, but said she is coherent.
She’s being held without bond at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside. Her hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. Central Time.
Major Darren Goods, Operations Commander for the Multi-Agency Gang Unit, speaks during a press conference about the arrest of Sherra Wright, the ex-wife of slain former NBA player Lorenzen Wright.
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Sherra Wright is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Lorenzen Wright, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder. Federal marshals arrested her Dec. 15 after an investigation authorities called Operation Rebound.
Her arrest followed the Dec. 5 arrest of Billy Ray Turner in Lorenzen Wright’s death. Sherra Wright and Turner attended the same Collierville-area church.
Turner and Sherra Wright are charged in a three count indictment that includes a charge of previously trying to kill Lorenzen Wright.
Count one charges them with killing Lorenzen Wright with premeditation. They are also charged “in furtherance of the conspiracy” with traveling “to the area of Callis (Cutoff) and Hacks Cross to kill Lorenzen Wright,” according to the indictment.
Surveillance video from Collierville Express Mart shows the arrest of Billy Ray Turner, a suspect in the death of NBA player and Memphis native Lorenzen Wright.
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The last count charges them with trying to kill him between April 1, 2010 and July 17, 2010 in an attempt that included meeting and agreeing to kill him, acquiring guns, recruiting an unindicted co-conspirator and on the part of Turner, “traveling to and entering Lorenzen Wright’s home outside of Atlanta, Georgia to commit said criminal offense,” the indictment says.
The body of Lorenzen Wright, 34, was found badly decomposed in late July 2010 near Callis Cutoff Road, and investigators found evidence of shell casings from different calibers at the scene. He apparently called 911 shortly after midnight on July 19, 2010, from a field near TPC Southwind golf course. At least five gunshot wounds were documented in an autopsy.
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John Keith Perry, the attorney representing Billy Ray Turner, who is charged in the killing of Lorenzen Wright, speaks following court Tuesday.
Wright’s mother, Deborah Marion also spoke briefly after arraignment.
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The Desert Sun contributed to this report.
This story will be updated.
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