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Autopsy: Lorenzen Wright Shot Five Times 
Author: Lakerfan 4 Life 
Posted: 10/29 1:44 PM 
 
Quote:
Police: No Suspects In Lorenzen Wright Murder

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Memphis police have no official suspects in the murder of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright, and authorities said the case remains a "mystery" three months after his bullet-riddled body was found in a remote field.

"It is a mystery, but it's not cold," said police director Larry Godwin. "We have not placed it in the cold case file."

Wright, who would have turned 35 next week, was a local fixture who played at the University of Memphis and later professionally with the Grizzlies and five other teams. The father-of-six disappeared on July 19.

A 911 call early that morning made from Wright's cell phone ended after at least 10 gunshots were heard. His body was found in a Memphis field on a remote road, six days after he was reported missing by his mother Deborah Marion, and nine days after his ex-wife said she last saw him.

Public signs of progress in the investigation have been hard to come by since, which has frustrated Wright's family, associates and some in the local community. The Memphis Police Department is leading the investigation but several agencies have been contacted as part of it. Officials from the United States Attorney's Office in Memphis and the Drug Enforcement Agency declined to comment about their roles in the case. Godwin and Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton Jr. also declined to address which agencies are part of the investigation.

That the investigation could go beyond local authorities is related to allegations from Wright's ex-wife that he left her house on July 19 with a box of drugs, and separately, Wright's 2008 link to a top associate of alleged Memphis drug kingpin Craig Petties, who is awaiting federal trial on more than 50 charges, including racketeering, murder and kidnapping. According to federal court documents, Wright sold the associate two of his vehicles, which were later seized by the DEA.

"I have no comments, and this office has no comments," said U.S. Attorney Edward Stanton III.

Wright made more than $55 million during a 13-year career with six different franchises. He last played in the NBA during the 2008-09 season for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

At the time of his death, he was unemployed and in financial duress. His 12-year marriage to Sherra ended in divorce on Feb. 23, and court records show that he was ordered to pay her $30,000 a month in alimony and child support. He had multiple foreclosures on homes and at least tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid debts.

Four days after his body was found, Memphis police searched the home Sherra was renting in Collierville, Tenn. Police were looking for Wright's weapons -- or paperwork about them -- and any cell phones. They seized a few pieces of burnt metal from an outdoor fire pit and a letter addressed to the former couple. According to a Memphis police search warrant affidavit, Sherra told police that the two guns Wright had registered were kept in her van or her home, but they were never found; neither was his cell phone.

Sherra's accounts of Wright's whereabouts around the time of his disappearance have been inconsistent, according to public records accounts:

- A 911 call from Wright's cell phone was picked up by nearby Germantown cell towers at 12:05 a.m. on July 19, but Sherra told Collierville police three days later that Lorenzen had left her home at 2 a.m. with an unknown person in an unknown vehicle.

- The day before Wright's body was found, Sherra told Collierville police detective Neil Young that Wright had left her home at 10:30 p.m. with a box of drugs, returned later, then left again with money.

Sherra's criminal defense attorney, Coleman Garrett, did not respond to multiple attempts for comment. But Sherra's divorce attorney, Gail Mathes, said Sherra was trying to protect Wright's image in his home city, and that's why she gave different accounts to police.

"She realized she couldn't do that, she had to tell the truth first," Mathes said. "Sherra can't afford to publicly defend herself at this point. Her position is she didn't want anybody to see him in a negative light."

When asked whether Sherra was a suspect, Godwin and Wharton declined specific comment.

"It would just be highly inappropriate to even comment on any particular person or persons," Wharton said. "The only thing I can say is the investigation is thorough; we are not automatically crediting or discrediting anything."

"She's been interviewed, like we interviewed everybody else," Godwin said.

The whole ordeal has frustrated and saddened Wright's mother. Marion said last week she still hasn't received straight answers from her former daughter-in-law.

"If the wife didn't have anything to do with it, I wanted her cleared," Marion said. "She was the last person that saw him."

Buddy Chapman, a former Memphis police director who runs Crime Stoppers, a non-profit organization that works with tips from the public, said something is amiss in the case.

"It's absolutely appalling to me that we could have someone murdered of that prominent stature and yet it's like it never happened," Chapman said.

Marion said she doesn't believe her son dealt drugs. Many friends of Wright's agree, describing him as a country boy with few street smarts.

Phil Dotson, one of his closest friends and a fellow Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity brother, told ESPN.com last week that he dropped Wright off at Sherra's at 10 p.m. on July 18. Wright, the godfather to Dotson's two children, spent the night playing with the kids and didn't indicate anything was wrong.

"Nothing out of the ordinary," Dotson said. "The stuff that I'm hearing now, I'm blown away. I didn't know that guy. I think he did that on purpose because I think he respected our friendship."


http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=5734821


 
Author: venturalakersfan 
Posted: 10/29 5:53 PM 
 
I'm surprised that no one here has blamed Lebron yet.


 
Author: Statcat 
Posted: 10/29 5:59 PM 
 
venturalakersfan wrote:
I'm surprised that no one here has blamed Lebron yet.


Go ahead. You can be the first one.


Autopsy: Lorenzen Wright Shot Five Times 
Author: Lakerfan 4 Life 
Posted: 11/10 2:37 PM 
 
Quote:
Autopsy: Lorenzen Wright Shot Five Times

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- An autopsy shows former NBA player Lorenzen Wright, whose body was found in July, died after being shot at least five times.

The autopsy report released on Wednesday by the Shelby County Medical Examiner says Wright was shot twice in the head, twice in the chest and once in the right forearm.

The autopsy, first reported by broadcaster WMC-TV, said the body was badly decomposed and that there could have been more gunshots.

The 34-year-old Wright had been missing for 10 days when his body was found July 28 in woods on Memphis' outskirts. No arrests have been made, and police haven't offered a motive.

Wright, a 6-foot-11 forward-center, played with five teams during his 13-year NBA career. He averaged 8 points and 6.4 rebounds in 778 career NBA games.


http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=5789016


 
Author: ocho 
Posted: 11/10 2:51 PM 
 
venturalakersfan wrote:
I'm surprised that no one here has blamed Lebron yet.


I don't think he's been officially ruled out.


 
Author: angrypuppy 
Posted: 11/10 3:30 PM 
 
venturalakersfan wrote:
I'm surprised that no one here has blamed Lebron yet.



That's because Lebron never limited himself to five shots.


 
Author: lakerjoshua 
Posted: 11/10 3:35 PM 
 
His ex-wife did it, with the help of LeBron. Case closed, arrest them both.


 
Author: Tony Montana 
Posted: 11/10 3:44 PM 
 
angrypuppy wrote:
venturalakersfan wrote:
I'm surprised that no one here has blamed Lebron yet.



That's because Lebron never limited himself to five shots.


Game, set, match.


 
Author: hoopschick29 
Posted: 11/11 6:28 AM 
 
If the ex-wife did it, she will get away with it.

And it's all because of 9-1-1 and the cops refusing to investigate his disappearance for so long.

The man called 9-1-1 from his own phone. The MURDER was on tape. And dispatch didn't turn it over for 10 days. They did nothing with the call, including figuring out who the number belonged to...what luck for the killers. They had over a week to get rid of evidence and get their stories straight.

Incompetent law enforcement has pretty much ensured there will never be a conviction in this case.


Re: Autopsy: Lorenzen Wright Shot Five Times 
Author: Mongo 
Posted: 11/11 6:58 AM 
 
Lakerfan 4 Life wrote:
Quote:
Autopsy: Lorenzen Wright Shot Five Times

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- An autopsy shows former NBA player Lorenzen Wright, whose body was found in July, died after being shot at least five times.

The autopsy report released on Wednesday by the Shelby County Medical Examiner says Wright was shot twice in the head, twice in the chest and once in the right forearm.

The autopsy, first reported by broadcaster WMC-TV, said the body was badly decomposed and that there could have been more gunshots.

The 34-year-old Wright had been missing for 10 days when his body was found July 28 in woods on Memphis' outskirts. No arrests have been made, and police haven't offered a motive.

Wright, a 6-foot-11 forward-center, played with five teams during his 13-year NBA career. He averaged 8 points and 6.4 rebounds in 778 career NBA games.


http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=5789016


Anyone else find it odd that a news story detailing where and how many times a man was shot then goes on to list is points and rebounding stats?


 
Author: LakerFan87 
Posted: 11/11 7:34 AM 
 
Lorenzen Wright shots too much.

I'm sorry, the thread title was just asking for it.


 
Author: Kareem's Court 
Posted: 11/11 9:22 AM 
 
LakerFan87 wrote:
Lorenzen Wright shots too much.

I'm sorry, the thread title was just asking for it.


C'mon man


 
Author: jonnybravo 
Posted: 11/11 9:30 AM 
 
Took an autopsy to find that out? I wouldn't just counted.


 
Author: L.A.T.W 
Posted: 11/11 9:51 AM 
 
Alot of insensitive **holes in this thread. This was a human being you sick *******. If this happen to Kobe, any other Laker, or a family member you all would be greatly offended. Just because he wasn't a "big name" to many of you, you disrespect the guy. Sad, but this is a microcosm of society in general.


 
Author: Jordan-esque 
Posted: 11/11 9:59 AM 
 
Report says that TEN shots were heard on the last phone call Wright made to 911.

However, Wright was only shot FIVE times.

So where are the other 5 shots???


 
Author: lakerjoshua 
Posted: 11/11 10:47 AM 
 
Jordan-esque wrote:
Report says that TEN shots were heard on the last phone call Wright made to 911.

However, Wright was only shot FIVE times.

So where are the other 5 shots???



His ex-wife shots too much.........


 
Author: lakerjoshua 
Posted: 11/11 10:50 AM 
 
L.A.T.W wrote:
Alot of insensitive **holes in this thread. This was a human being you sick *******. If this happen to Kobe, any other Laker, or a family member you all would be greatly offended. Just because he wasn't a "big name" to many of you, you disrespect the guy. Sad, but this is a microcosm of society in general.


There was a very serious discussion on this when it happened, where as many opinions and points of view were discussed. Some including mine were somewhat less compassionate than others, the point is, as of now,.......

Someone shots too much.


 
Author: Ted 
Posted: 11/11 11:17 AM 
 
$30,000 a month for child support? (bleep) that.


 
Author: Mongo 
Posted: 11/11 11:35 AM 
 
L.A.T.W wrote:
Alot of insensitive **holes in this thread. This was a human being you sick *******. If this happen to Kobe, any other Laker, or a family member you all would be greatly offended. Just because he wasn't a "big name" to many of you, you disrespect the guy. Sad, but this is a microcosm of society in general.


If you want to feel better about society (in general) then don't go on the internet.


 
Author: L.A.T.W 
Posted: 11/11 1:21 PM 
 
Mongo wrote:
L.A.T.W wrote:
Alot of insensitive **holes in this thread. This was a human being you sick *******. If this happen to Kobe, any other Laker, or a family member you all would be greatly offended. Just because he wasn't a "big name" to many of you, you disrespect the guy. Sad, but this is a microcosm of society in general.


If you want to feel better about society (in general) then don't go on the internet.


Thanks for that warm little suggestion,but as a man I will continue to post where ever I choose. You don't like what I said that's fine, but I will voice my opinion. My opinion is that many of the comments in this thread, were insensitive. You disagree, good for you.


 
Author: sparky6r 
Posted: 11/11 4:37 PM 
 
Ted wrote:
$30,000 a month for child support? (bleep) that.

Isn't it strange that someone that is supposedly broke, is still forced to pay his ex wife and unimaginable $30,000 a month?


 
Author: g3rb3r 
Posted: 11/12 12:57 AM 
 
L.A.T.W wrote:
Mongo wrote:
L.A.T.W wrote:
Alot of insensitive **holes in this thread. This was a human being you sick *******. If this happen to Kobe, any other Laker, or a family member you all would be greatly offended. Just because he wasn't a "big name" to many of you, you disrespect the guy. Sad, but this is a microcosm of society in general.


If you want to feel better about society (in general) then don't go on the internet.


...but as a man I will continue to post where ever I choose...


What about as a women?...


 
Author: Mongo 
Posted: 11/12 6:43 AM 
 
L.A.T.W wrote:
Mongo wrote:
L.A.T.W wrote:
Alot of insensitive **holes in this thread. This was a human being you sick *******. If this happen to Kobe, any other Laker, or a family member you all would be greatly offended. Just because he wasn't a "big name" to many of you, you disrespect the guy. Sad, but this is a microcosm of society in general.


If you want to feel better about society (in general) then don't go on the internet.


Thanks for that warm little suggestion,but as a man I will continue to post where ever I choose. You don't like what I said that's fine, but I will voice my opinion. My opinion is that many of the comments in this thread, were insensitive. You disagree, good for you.


You totally missed my point, but no bother...


 
Author: kaoss128 
Posted: 07/24 7:53 PM 
 
Quote:
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- In the year since Lorenzen Wright's decomposing body was found in a secluded field in southeast Memphis, his mother has kept pressing authorities to find whomever killed the former NBA player.

Deborah Marion has repeatedly visited and called the Memphis Police Department for answers about her son's shooting death, though authorities have very few.

"We are a long way from solving this crime," Memphis police director Toney Armstrong said last week.


Link


 
Author: DirtyRed 
Posted: 07/24 9:26 PM 
 
This should of been on the First 48.

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