Lorenzen Wright Negligence Lawsuit against Collierville Dismissed

Lorenzen Wright Negligence Lawsuit against Collierville Dismissed

The lawsuit filed against Collierville and its police department by the widow of murdered Memphis basketball star Lorenzen Wright has been dismissed.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - The lawsuit filed against Collierville and its police department by the widow of murdered Memphis basketball star Lorenzen Wright has been dismissed.

According to an April 22 court filing, U.S. District Judge Samuel Mays dismissed the claims against Collierville due to a failure to prosecute by Sherra Robinson Wright.

"Wright has not taken any action to advance the prosecution of this case since November of 2011," the document states, "Wright’s failure to file responsive pleadings, appear before the Court, or participate in discovery shows at least a reckless disregard for the effect of her conduct on the proceedings in this case."

The lawsuit, filed by Wright in July 2011, claims negligence and denial of 14th Amendment rights in the handling of Lorenzen Wright's 911 call made just as he was presumably shot to death on July 19, 2010. The lawsuit names Germantown, Collierville and their respective police departments, as well as the individual dispatchers and supervisor that received the call. The former Memphis Tigers and Grizzlies player had been reported missing, and was found shot to death in a southeast Memphis field more than a week after the call from his cell phone was made.

The court filing cites several instances where Wright did not respond to the court regarding the lawsuit. "The willful nature of Wright’s conduct is clear in her failure to act even after the Court stayed its deadlines to accommodate her need to secure replacement counsel," Mays stated. "Collierville has expended time and money pursuing Wright’s required initial disclosures and deposition testimony."

Germantown has also filed for a dismissal of the lawsuit.

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