Now, Wright's ex-wife, Sherra Wright-Robinson (seen at left above), was arrested Friday night in Riverside, California and charged with conspiracy, first-degree murder and criminal attempt first degree murder, with the attempted murder charge revolving around a prior attempt to kill Wright.
Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings said Saturday that Sherra Wright faces charged in the death of her ex-husband, a Memphis native who played for five teams over 13 seasons as a forward and center in the National Basketball Association.
Sherra Wright-Robinson, 46, was taken into custody in California's Riverside County around 8:30 p.m. local time on Friday. He had been shot multiple times.
There was a break in the high-profile cold case when the gun used to murder Wright was found in a MS lake.
Wright-Robinson's arrest came after the December 5 indictment of Billy R. Turner in Wright's death. Turner was a deacon at the church where Wright-Robinson was a minister. Rallings would not discuss the connection between Turner and Wright, but he said police were confident they knew each other.
The Commercial Appeal reported on August 1, 2010, Memphis police searched his ex-wife's home and found burned pieces of metal and a letter addressed to her and Lorenzen Wright, but law enforcement refused to divulge what those items meant to the case. Deborah Marion, Wright's mother, told the Commercial Appeal that she believes Wright-Robinson killed her son over the insurance policy.
Wright's decomposing, bullet riddled body was found in a Memphis suburb in July of 2010.
The former National Basketball Association star was last seen alive on July 18, 2010 when he left Wright-Robinson's home. Former NBA players and friends, including Anfernee Hardaway and, attended a memorial service for Wright in the days after his body was found.
Sherra Wright said Lorenzen Wright left in a vehicle with a person she could not identify.
Nine gunshots were reportedly heard on the 911 call. They didn't send a patrol officer or relay the information to Memphis police until days later. Wright's mother filed a missing person's report on July 22. And the 2015 Sports Illustrated-Fox Sports 1 joint investigation into Wright's murder had plenty to say about Sherra, including that Wright's assistant turned audio recordings of Sherra threatening him over to police.
The body was found in a field near some woods in the height of summer, complicating the investigation because evidence had likely deteriorated in the heat.