Lorenzen Vern-Gagne Wright (November 4, 1975 – July 19, 2010 was an American professional basketball player who played thirteen seasons in the National Basketball Association. He was drafted 7th overall in the 1996 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Clippers, and also played for the Atlanta Hawks, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings and Cleveland Cavaliers.Wright went missing on July 18, 2010 and his body was found several days later, having been shot to death. In December 2017, over seven years after his death, Wright's ex-wife Sherra Wright-Robinson has now been charged with his murder and conspiracy to kill him.
Police were calling the investigation "Operation Rebound" in which they were investigating multiple people for the murder of the young NBA star. According to his ex-wife, Wright left his home in Collierville, Tennessee on the night of July 18, 2010 with drugs and an unspecified amount of money, and was not seen or heard from again.[ His family filed a missing persons report on July 22. After Wright's body was found on July 28 in a wooded area on Callis Cutoff Road just west of Hacks Cross Road, it was reported that a 9-1-1 call had been received from his cell phone in the early morning of July 19 by the Germantown, Tennessee 911 dispatch center; the caller was speaking with the dispatcher when 11 gunshots rang out.
The dispatcher did not report the call to his supervisor until eight days later, hindering the police investigation and resulting in a payout to Wright's family. The case is being investigated as a homicide.Wright's body is buried in Calvary Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee. In 2011, a reward for information related to the killing stood at $21,000. The state of Tennessee contributed $10,000, the city of Memphis and the Memphis Grizzlies each promised $5,000 and Crime Stoppers promised $1,000.
On November 9, 2017, the gun used to murder Wright was believed to have been found in a Walnut, Mississippi lake. On December 5, 2017, Shelby Countylandscaper and church deacon at Mt. Olive No. 1 Missionary Baptist Church in Collierville, TN, Billy R. Turner was indicted on first degree murder charges. He was being held on $1 million bond.On December 15, 2017, Wright's ex-wife, Sherra Wright-Robinson, was arrested in California in connection with the murder. Wright-Robinson was a former member of Turner's church. The seven-year investigation into his death has been one of the Memphis Police Department's most high-profile unsolved cases. Wright's mother, Deborah Marion, told The Commercial Appeal newspaper that a police official told her Wright-Robinson will be charged with first-degree murder, the same charge Turner faces. Marion said she believes her former daughter-in-law was motivated by money, specifically a $1 million life insurance policy held by Lorenzen Wright.