Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Lorenzen Wright Murder: Arrest Made 7 Years After Ex-NBA Player Was Shot & Killed

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Lorenzen Wright. Photo Credit: Twitter.com

*Authorities in Tennessee say a man has been charged in the 2010 slaying of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright.

Billy Turner, 46, was indicted Tuesday on a charge of first-degree murder, according to the Shelby County District Attorney General. He is being held on $1 million bond, TMZ reports. 

Wright, who was 34-years-old when he died, played for the Memphis Grizzlies and four other NBA teams as a forward and center over 13 seasons before retiring in 2009. His badly decomposed body was found in Memphis on July 28, 2010, 10 days after his family reported him missing. He was visiting Memphis from his home in the Atlanta area in the summer of 2010 when he disappeared.

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Fox News reports that the father of six was last seen on July 18, 2010, as he left the home of his ex-wife, Sherra Wright. According to an affidavit, Sherra told police she saw him leave her home carrying money and a box of drugs. She also claims to have overheard her ex-husband on the phone telling someone that he was going to “flip something for $110,000.” 

Sherra said Lorenzen left her home in a car with a person she could not identify. Wright’s deteriorated body was found in a field near some woods in the height of summer — which complicated the investigation. His corpse weighed 57 pounds. Wright’s playing weight was around 225 pounds. An autopsy report showed bullet fragments were lodged in his skull, chest and right forearm.

The Memphis Police Department and Shelby County District Attorney’s office held a press conference on Tuesday to announce that Turner had been indicted and charged with the 1st-degree murder of Wright, per TMZ.

Watch the clip of Turner’s arrest below:

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.



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