• Sherra Wright makes long-awaited first court appearance in Memphis

    By: Greg Coy


    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Sherra Wright-Robinson appeared in a Shelby County court for the first time to face murder charges in the death of ex-husband Lorenzen Wright.  

    Her formal arraignment is postponed for a month while her defense team irons out details to formally represent her.  

    Scroll through this story to see video of the court appearance, attorney reactions, and more.

    FOX13 learned if convicted of first-degree murder, Wright could face life in prison without parole and the possibility Shelby County District Attorney could ask for the death penalty.

    Judge Lee Coffee told Wright the charges, “also carries the possibility of life without parole or the death penalty. I do not know if the state of Tennessee intends to file.” 

    WATCH: Video from Sherra's court appearance

    After the brief court appearance, attorney's representing Sherra Wright spoke with the media -- as did prosecutor Paul Hagerman and a longtime friend of Lorenzen Wright. You can watch that video below:


    Immediately after the hearing ended, FOX13 asked the prosecutor Paul Hagerman if the district attorney will seek the death penalty.

    Hagerman answered, “That is a decision that will be made at the appropriate time, and we will file the appropriate fillings when the time comes. It is something that is under consideration.”

    Wright had a defense team in court, but attorney’s Blake Balin and Steve Farese Junior have not officially been hired to represent her.  

    Balin told FOX13 he did not think the crime warranted becoming a capital punishment case.  

    “Based on what I know about this case thus far I would be surprised if they went forward in that manner. That is something we will wait to hear from the state,” said Balin.   

    “Anytime you have a case involving a death, we are not surprised by anything that happens” added Farese.

    Prosecutors allege in an indictment, Wright and her accomplices plotted but failed to kill Lorenzen once before only to murder him in the summer of 2010. 

    The Wright murder investigation has created a frenzy on social media.

    The majority of comments on our FOX13 Facebook and Twitter page express outrage and demand her conviction.

    FOX13 asked both defense lawyers if they might ask for a change of venue if they are hired.  

    “We would certainly access the evidence, access the media coverage, discuss that with the client, but ultimately that would be her decision,” said Farese.

    Wright’s next court hearing with Judge Coffee is scheduled for February 26, 2018.

    Read minute-by-minute updates from the courtroom below:

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