What happens to the reward money in Lorenzen Wright murder case?

By: Scott Madaus

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Although there has been an arrest in the Lorenzen Wright murder case, one of the many questions remain: What happens to the CrimeStoppers reward money?
            
There was a $21,000 reward being offered for any information leading to an arrest.


Lorenzen Wright Murder Case


“We're like everyone else, and I saw Lorenzen's mother said the same thing. She's hoping to find an answer,” Governor Bill Haslam said.

Within the last 30 days, an answer was given in the form of a murder weapon and the arrest of Billy Turner.

“We increased the reward when Attorney General Weirch called and said, ‘We think you're onto something.’ We think an increased reward might make a difference. I don't know if it did or not, but we were glad to participate,” Governor Haslam said.

$10,000 of the reward money comes from the State of Tennessee, $5,000 comes from the City of Memphis, $5,000 comes from the Memphis Grizzlies, and $1,000 from CrimeStoppers.

Right now, the Memphis Police Department and the DA's office are being tight lipped about the first-degree murder case against Turner. 

However, Buddy Chapman with CrimeStoppers said he has no indication that the arrest of Turner was a result of a CrimeStoppers tip, and if that holds true, all the money will be returned. 

“The way our reward process works is there has to be an indictment, an arrest, and then conviction. After the conviction, we will pay the reward to whoever the attorney general says is the appropriate person,” said Governor Haslam.

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