After Seven Years, Arrest Made in 2010 Murder of Ex-NBA Player Lorenzen Wright
One of the most gut-wrenching unsolved cases in Memphis Sports history just took one step closer to being resolved.
After seven long hard years, police have finally made an arrest and charged a 46-year-old man with first-degree murder in the case of the 2010 killing of former NBA center Lorenzen Wright.
Billy Turner has been indicted in the killing of the former Grizzlies and Hawks player, according to court documents cited by The Commercial Appeal.
“Authorities confirmed last month they had found a gun believed to be the murder weapon in a lake in the Walnut, Mississippi, area. That discovery prompted officials to publicize a $21,000 reward for information established in the case years earlier.
Wright’s ex-wife, Sherra Robinson Wright, had told authorities in 2010 that he left her Collierville home at about 10:30 p.m. July 18 with drugs and an unspecified amount of money, according to a Memphis police affidavit. She told authorities that Wright made a phone call to an unknown person and said he was going to flip something for $110,000. He then left in a vehicle driven by an unidentified person shortly after the call, she said.
Wright appears to have called 911 from his cellphone from a field near the TPC Southwind golf course minutes after midnight on July 19, 2010. His body was found in the area several days later, and authorities have said it was so badly decomposed that it was unclear how many times he was shot.
By December 2010, hope of a quick resolution to the case had faded. Authorities said that only 22 tips had come in, and Crime Stoppers Executive Director Buddy Chapman said at the time that they weren’t substantive.”
BREAKING: I just confirmed with Deborah Marion, Lorenzen Wright’s mother that Billy Turner has been arrested for the 1st murder in the killing of her son NBA star Lorenzen Wright
— Scott Madaus (@scottmadaus) December 5, 2017
Wright finished his NBA career in 2009 and was killed at age 34.