Arrest made in Lorenzen Wright murder case, officials say

Ruben Hill
December 6, 2017

Now, Memphis police have announced that an arrest has been made in Wright's murder.

Police in Memphis have charged a man with the 2010 murder of former National Basketball Association player Lorenzen Wright, according to The Commercial Appeal.

Police said last month that they had found a gun used in the killing in a lake near Walnut, Mississippi, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) east of Memphis. At about 10:30 in the evening of July 18, his ex-wife said he left her home in Collierville, a Memphis suburb, with drugs and an unspecified amount of cash.

Wright's decomposing body was found in a Memphis suburb that July 28.

Wright attended the University of Memphis, and he was picked seventh overall in the 1996 NBA Draft.

Now it appears police may have finally cracked the case, and may be closer to finally being able to answer why Wright was killed more than seven years ago.

District Attorney Amy Weirich said Tuesday an indictment was returned by a grand jury against suspect Billy Turner for murder in the first degree.

Before he left, Sherra Wright said she overheard her ex-husband on the telephone telling someone that he was going to "flip something for $110,000", the document said. The next day police received a phone call from Wright's cell phone, but it was interrupted by gunfire, according to Shelby County District Attorney's Office. Wright had at least five gunshot wounds to his body, two to the head, two to the chest, and one to the right forearm.

Turner was indicted Tuesday morning, and the investigation is ongoing.

The corpse was badly decomposed, weighing 57 pounds (25 kilograms).Wright's playing weight was around 225 pounds (100 kilograms).

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