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Sherra Wright waives extradition, will face charges in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Sherra Wright, ex-wife of slain NBA player Lorenzen Wright, has waived extradition and will return to Memphis to face murder charges.

Wright's new husband, Tim Robertson, was in the Riverside, California courtroom Monday.

When the hearing was over, he put on headphones and did not speak to reporters.

Sherra Wright faces first-degree murder charges in the 2010 murder.

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She had fought extradition from California to Tennessee, claiming she's not the Sherra Wright police mention in their warrant.

A public defender who has worked in Riverside for decades gave us insight on what this all could mean.

"Either you waive extradition, basically admit you're the person named and start the clock ticking for someone to pick you up. Or, you can fight your extradition and there can be an identity hearing. The matter can be referred up to the governors office and that can start this more lengthy process," said public defender Jeff Zimel.

A judge told her in December she can only contest her identity and nothing else during Monday's hearing.

The entire process could take up to 90 days.

Sherra Wright and Billy Turner were both indicted last month. They both attended the same church in Collierville.

Lorenzen played for 13 seasons as a forward and center in the NBA, including several for the Grizzlies in Memphis, where he was born and raised.

Sherra Wright was arrested in December. Her attorney, Eric Keen, would not say Monday why she decided to waive extradition after previously vowing to fight it. Keen said lawyers in Tennessee will now take over the case.

Superior Court Judge David Gunn asked Sherra Wright several questions to make sure she understood she would be extradited. Each time, she said, “Yes.”