01:01 - Source: CNN
Ex-wife of NBA player charged in his murder
CNN  — 

Nearly 12 years after his death rocked the basketball world, former NBA player Lorenzen Wright’s murder case came to a close Monday when a Memphis jury found a man guilty of first-degree murder.

Wright was last seen July 18, 2010, while visiting his children at his ex-wife’s home in Collierville, near Memphis, shortly before midnight. Wright is believed to have been killed on July 19, 2010, when gunshots were heard during his 911 call. His body was found in a wooded area in southeast Memphis nine days later.

Lorenzen Wright was killed in July 2010, but the conspirators in his murder wouldn't be arrested for another seven years.

The case went cold for seven years before the player’s ex-wife, Sherra Wright, and Billy Ray Turner were arrested in December 2017.

In 2019, Sherra Wright pleaded guilty to facilitation to commit first-degree murder and facilitation to commit attempted first-degree murder. In exchange for her plea, she received a 30-year sentence.

Three years later and after three hours of deliberation, a jury found Turner guilty of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and conspiracy.

After the verdict, Wright’s mother, Deborah Marion, told CNN affiliate WMC-TV the verdict brought the family closure.

“Thank you, Jesus! He can suffer like I’ve been suffering all this time, without my son,” she said. “It’s a celebration for me.”

The Los Angeles Clippers drafted Lorenzen Wright in 1996, according to the NBA’s website. He was drafted in the first round as the seventh overall pick.

Wright went on to play 13 seasons in the league with the Los Angeles Clippers, Atlanta Hawks, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings and Cleveland Cavaliers. He had only been retired one year at the time of his murder.

CNN’s Ralph Eliis and journalists Allen Kim and Sheena Jones contributed to this report.