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The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright returned to a Memphis courtroom today on conspiracy and murder charges in his 2010 death.

Her court appearance was brief. Sherra Wright’sattorneys Blake Ballin and Steve Farese Jr. waived a formal reading of the indictment and entered a not guilty plea for her. The case was continued until March 19 when her co-defendant is due in court.

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Sherra Wright and co-defendant Billy Ray Turner are charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.

The charges include a count of also previously trying to kill Lorenzen Wright.


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.
Brad Vest/The Commercial Appeal

The body of Wright, 34, was found in southeast Memphis in July 2010, and investigators found evidence of different caliber shell casings at the scene. Wright apparently called 911 shortly after midnight on July 19, 2010, from a field near TPC Southwind golf course. An autopsy on his badly decomposed body found gunshot wounds to the head, chest and forearm.

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Sherra Wright (center), ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright, appears in court on conspiracy and murder charges on Monday morning with attorney Steve Farese Jr. (right) who waived a formal reading of the indictment and entered a not guilty plea for her. (Photo: Jim Weber/The Commercial Appeal)

The arrests of Turner and Sherra Wright came late last year after police announced in November that a gun they believed was used in the killing was recovered in a Mississippi lake. Authorities located the gun in a Walnut, Mississippi, lake on County Road 302 about 50 miles east of Olive Branch.

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This story will be updated. 




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