Billy Ray Turner, man accused of killing Lorenzen Wright, returns to court; trial set to begin Jan. 2022

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Billy Ray Turner, the man accused of killing former NBA player Lorenzen Wright, has a trial date set for Jan. 31, 2022.

The date was announced Wednesday morning as Turner appeared in court.

A judge has set aside two weeks for the jury trial.

The case that’s been years in the making.

Wright’s mom spoke exclusively with FOX13 Tuesday night. She said she was frustrated a trial date had not yet been set.

“They gone (sic) drag it on as long as they can, as long as they can,” said Deborah Wright.

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Marion was frustrated Billy Ray Turner, the man accused of killing her son, has not gone to trial.

Initially, Turner’s trial date was set for September 2019. It was reset so his attorney could look over new evidence.

The new trial date was slated for October 2020, but did not happen because of the pandemic.

“In general, there will be trial settings. Things are starting to return to normal. We still have a lot of the COVID guidelines to be followed in the courtrooms,” Turner’s attorney said.

Marion said this is an ongoing issue she is sick of.

“He needs to get a life sentence. When my son comes home they can all come home, but he’s never coming home, so they don’t need to either,” said Marion.

Marion said she knows a trial could be underway because she witnessed it, the Derek Chauvin trial.

“Look at George Floyd’s trial. And how long he been dead, a year. And how long Lorenzo been dead? 11 what kind of sense does that make?” said Marion.

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Sherra Wright, Lorenzen’s ex-wife, pleaded guilty to facilitating murder back in 2019 and is serving up to a 30-year sentence. Turner’s attorney said his client is ready for his day in court, and so is Marion.

“I want a trial, because I want to know everything,” said Marion.