Suspect charged with murder of Lorenzen Wright

By: Zach Crenshaw , Scott Madaus

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. - An arrest has been made in the Lorenzen Wright murder case.

Billy R. Turner, 46, has been charged with premeditated first-degree murder, according to Shelby County District Attorney's Office.

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The former NBA star was last seen alive on July 18, 2010 when he left the home of his ex-wife. 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.


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Wright's body was later discovered on July 28, 2010 in a field near Hacks Cross and Winchester. The then 34-year-old was shot multiple times. 

Investigators found the murder weapon in a lake near Walnut, Mississippi on November 9th of this year.

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Memphis Police Department and The Shelby County District Attorney's Office held a news conference Tuesday afternoon addressing the arrest.

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Turner was indicted Tuesday morning, and the investigation is ongoing. No court date has been set yet for the arraignment. The DA's office and police department made it clear that Wright's murder is far from being solved.

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The suspect is being held on a $1,000,000 bond.


VIDEO: Lorenzen Wright's mom reacts to an arrest being made in her son's murder


WRIGHT HISTORY:

The 6-foot-11 (210-centimeter) Wright played for the Atlanta Hawks, Memphis Grizzlies and three other NBA teams as a forward and center over 13 seasons before retiring in 2009. He averaged 8 points per game and more than 6 rebounds per game during his career.

Born and raised in Memphis, he was a fan favorite thanks to his charity work with youth and his father's involvement as a coach in summer leagues. 

Former NBA players and friends, including Penny Hardaway and Elliot Perry, attended a memorial service for Wright in the days after his body was found.


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