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Ex-wife of slain NBA player Lorenzen Wright found competent to stand trial

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Sherra Wright, center, makes an appearance in Judge Lee V. Coffee’s courtroom Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. Wright and co-defendant Billy Ray Turner are charged with killing her ex-husband NBA basketball star Lorenzen Wright. (Mark Weber/The Commercial Appeal via AP)


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A doctor has found the jailed ex-wife of slain former NBA player Lorenzen Wright mentally competent to stand trial.

Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Lee Coffee said Friday that he’s been informed by Dr. Wyatt Nichols that Sherra Wright can advise her lawyers and help with her defense against charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder in her ex-husband’s slaying.

Coffee had ordered a mental evaluation of Sherra Wright.

Lorenzen Wright’s body was found riddled with bullet wounds in a swampy field in Memphis in July 2010. He was missing for 10 days before his body was found.

Sherra Wright and co-defendant Billy Ray Turner were indicted in December. Turner also is charged with first-degree murder. Both have pleaded not guilty.

Wright had a 13-year NBA career where he played for five NBA teams but played the longest with the Memphis Grizzlies. He averaged 8 points and 6.4 rebounds a game as a center during that time. He retired from the NBA in 2009.