Deborah Marion, Lorenzen’s Wright’s mother, wiped tears from eyes. So did her mother, Louise Vassar.
Moments later, around 11 a.m., Sherra Wright walked through the door with a slight smile on her face. The courtroom was silent as Judge Lee Coffee greeted Wright and she replied.
Prosecutor Paul Hagerman then walked forward to drop what some considered a bombshell. Wright was taking a plea, nearly nine years to the day after her husband’s body was found.
Sherra's own cousin, Jimmie Martin, is who told police this story, and said she was the mastermind behind Lorenzen's murder.
Martin, who's currently in prison for killing his girlfriend, is an unindicted co-conspirator in this case. He told police he was at two meetings with Sherra and her codefendant Billy Ray Turner, as they mapped out a plan to kill Lorenzen twice."He also stated that he helped those individuals clean up some of the crime scene ... and ultimately traveled with Mr. Billy Turner to dispose of the murder weapon which was later found in not terribly far from Memphis," Hagerman said. When asked directly if nine years is truly serving justice, Hagerman pointed to the fact that it's just an opportunity for Wright to get out.
Montae Nevels, one of Lorenzen's long-time friends, said while some felt Thursday's plea was a bombshell, it came as no surprise to him.
"I always knew, I felt as though within myself that it would never go tria,l that she would forward and plead guilty to what happened," he said.
Meanwhile, Sherra's own brother, Julius Robinson, said, "Like most of Memphis, I had no idea she was going to enter a plea. I was surprised to hear and see this."For our full coverage of this case, click here.