The family of murdered NBA star Lorenzen Wright says his ex-wife who admitted to murder is a gold digger
The family of murdered NBA star Lorenzen Wright speaks out against ABC a year after the basketball player’s wife confessed to orchestrating his shooting.
The body of Lorenzen, a former Power Forward for the Los Angles Clippers, was riddled with gunshot wounds found in a swampy field in Memphis on July 28, 2010, and the case remained cold for nearly a decade.
His wife Sherra Wright, who took out $ 1 million life insurance in his name, made a surprising confession of his murder last year. The couple had just finalized their divorce weeks before his death.
Now on a new episode of ABC’s 20/20 broadcast Friday night, Lorenzen’s mom Deborah Marion says Sherra has been chasing his money from day one.
The body of Lorenzen Wright, a former Power Forward for the Los Angles Clippers, was riddled with gunshot wounds found in a swampy field in Memphis on July 28, 2010.
His wife Sherra Wright pleaded guilty last year to facilitating the murder of her husband and NBA star in July 2010
His mother Deborah Marion tells ABC she thinks Sherra intended to take Lorenzen’s money from the moment they met.
ABC News and ESPN correspondent Ryan Smith delves into the details and legal developments of the case in Friday night’s episode, including lingering questions about what happened to Lorenzen.
The two-hour special features interviews with Lorenzen’s mother, whose tireless fight for justice is finally paying off, and Kelvin Cowans, a journalist who dated Sherra after the murder and wrote a narrative book. ‘
In 2010, Lorenzen was reported missing for ten days before his body was discovered in the woods of Memphis, Tennessee.
In July 2019, just as the trial finally began, Sherra made a shocking admission that she had devised a plot to murder her ex-husband.
The case went cold with no significant evidence for nearly a decade until November 9, 2017, when the gun believed to have been used to carry out the murder was pulled from a lake in the Mississippi.
The following month, Sherra Wright and Billy Turner – a church deacon and small business owner – were arrested and charged with first-degree murder.
At a hearing in May 2018, prosecutors set out the case against the couple with the help of a third unproven suspect, Lorenzen’s cousin Jimmy Martin, who had been convicted of murder in a separate case.
Turner, a landscaper in the Memphis suburb of Collierville, and Sherra Wright attended the same church. Martin recalled how Wright came up with a plan to kill Lorenzen in Atlanta earlier in 2010, but she failed to carry out the plan herself.
She then conspired with Turner to carry out the plot on her behalf in Memphis weeks later.
Then in July 2019, just as the trial finally began, Sherra made a shocking confession that she had devised a plot to kill her ex-husband and conspired with Billy Turner to carry it out.
Her plea deal stated that she would be eligible for parole after serving 30 percent of her sentence, which will be in about nine years.
Turner (above), a landscaper in the Memphis suburb of Collierville, and Sherra Wright attended the same church. A witness recalled how Wright came up with a plan to kill Lorenzen in Atlanta earlier in 2010, but she failed to carry out the plan herself
The body of basketball player Lorenzen Wright was found here in the woods of Memphis, Tennessee in 2010
A new episode of ABC’s 20/20 airs Friday night that goes into details and legal developments, including lingering questions about what happened to Wright
Lorenzen and Wright had six children together. During his 13-year career, Lorenzen played for the Los Angeles Clippers, Atlanta Hawks, Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings and Cleveland Cavaliers, collecting approximately $ 55.5 million in salary.
It took Wright only 10 months to spend $ 973,000 of the $ 1 million she received after his death, buying a new home, expensive trips to New York, and two cars.
In 2014, unhappy with the way Wright spent her inheritance, Lorenzen’s family successfully lobbied to have her trustee name removed from his estate in an effort to keep the money for the children.
ABC News and ESPN correspondent Ryan Smith delves into the details and legal developments of the case in Friday night’s episode, including lingering questions about what happened to Wright
Marion has long suspected that Sherra was behind the murder of her son, one said Sports illustrated report.
Her suspicions grew stronger in 2014 when Sherra wrote a book entitled ‘Mr. Tell Me Anything, ” in which the wife of a professional basketball player murders her husband.
According to a summary on Amazonthe female protagonist becomes frustrated by ‘the constant chaos surrounding women, new acquaintances, family and greed’.
Ultimately, she “makes a life-changing decision.”
“Is it good for her?” the summary concludes: ‘Have all his lies finally caught up with him? Would he or she pay the ultimate price? ‘