Memphis, TN – Police have finally arrested the ex-wife for the murder of a former NBA star seven years ago.
Former Cleveland Cavaliers center Lorenzen Wright’s bullet-riddled body was found decomposing in a Memphis suburb on July 28, 2010.
No arrests were made at the time of his murder, and it’s long been considered one of the most high-profile cold cases in the Memphis Police Department’s history.
But everything changed when the murder weapon was found in a lake in Walnut, Miss. on Nov. 9, CBS Sports reported.
First, police arrested Billy R. Turner on Dec. 5.
Turner was the deacon at Mt. Olive No. 1 Missionary Baptist Church in Collierville, Tenn, the church Wright attended with his ex-wife.
Turner was indicted on first degree murder charges and held on $1 million bond.
Next, Wright’s ex-wife, Sherra Wright-Robinson, was arrested by authorities in Riverside, Calif. on Dec. 15 in connection with the murder,
Wright-Robinson was the last person to see Wright alive. He was reported missing a few days before his body was actually found.
She told police he had a large amount of drugs and a large amount of cash, and was talking on a burner phone before he left her house on the night of his disappearance.
Wright-Robinson told police she believed he owed money to drug dealers, and was in trouble with the wrong people.
In a later interview for a multi-part series on Wright’s murder produced by FOX Sports in 2015, she backtracked on her initial statements to the police.
“There was no box of drugs, and if there was, I have no knowledge of it,” she told FOX Sports.
At the time of Wright’s murder, numerous people told police to look closely at the professional basketball player’s ex-wife, including his mother.
Wright’s mother believed that his ex-wife might have killed him to get to a $1 million insurance policy.
Wright-Robinson had not had a job in 17 years and was $3 million in debt, according to the New York Daily News.
The insurance policy was purchased four months before Wright’s death as part of the long-term care plan for his six children included in his divorce settlement.
Wendy Wilson, who was Wright’s assistant, said she gave the police multiple voicemails of her boss threatening Wright’s life if she caught him cheating.
“I felt that she was capable of acting on threats that she made on several occasions. If someone says something once or twice, you just figure oh it’s just in anger, they’ll make up, they’ll get over it. But it just got from bad to worse,” Wilson told FOX Sports.
Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings said Saturday that Wright-Robinson had been charged with murder in the death of her ex-husband. She remained in police custody in California pending extradition to Tennessee.
Wright-Robinson is scheduled to appear before a California court on Monday.