How Lorenzen Wright's Ex-Wife Lured Him To His Death

Immediately after Lorenzen Wright’s death, his ex-wife Sherra maintained he had left her home with a box of drugs and an aim to make $110,000 from “flip[ing] something” according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal (via the New York Daily News). She was interviewed by police as a person of interest but faced no charges. Soon after, Sherra claimed to have suffered domestic abuse at Wright’s hands and accused him of infidelity. She wrote a salacious account of their marriage under a thin veneer of fiction, “Mr. Tell Me Anything.”

Friends and family conceded that Wright struggled financially after leaving the NBA, and that his marriage had been a volatile one. But they strongly objected to the way Sherra characterized him, and more than one person close to Wright — including his mother, Deborah Marion — told the authorities to look at her as a suspect. Sherra, who had financial difficulties of her own according to Sports Illustrated, received $1 million from Wright’s life insurance and she spent nearly all of it within months, much of it on luxury items. She and Wright’s father entered a bitter legal dispute over the management of the money, which was meant to benefit Wright’s six children.

That court battle was settled, and Sherra was still not officially implicated in her ex-husband’s death. But in 2017 (per the Commercial Appeal), Jimmie Martin, serving time for the 2007 murder of his girlfriend, told authorities about the plan to kill Wright. He also provided the location of the gun used to do the deed; it had been disposed of in a Mississippi lake.

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