Lorenzen Wright’s mom on the road to justice and what’s next

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A mother’s grief and relief poured out after a jury convicted her son’s killer of first-degree murder Monday.

After a jury found Billy Ray Turner guilty of murdering NBA star Lorenzen Wright, cameras focused on the emotion coming from Wright’s mother, Deborah Marion.

FOX13′s Jeremy Pierre got a chance to speak with her one-on-one about her long wait for justice.

Marion said the process of bringing her son’s killers to justice took a lot out of her. More so because for 12 years, she says she knew her ex-daughter-in-law killed her son, and it was all for the love and greed of money.

With the 12-year journey of bringing her son’s killers to justice now over, Marion said it could never replace the son she lost.

Lorenzen Wright was killed in July 2010. This week a jury found Billy Ray Turner guilty of Wright’s murder. Ex-wife Sherra Wright is already serving a 30-year sentence in prison for her role in the murder of her ex-husband.

The first night after Billy Ray Turner’s first-degree murder conviction, Marion told FOX13 she felt a sense of calm.

“That was the best sleep I had in 12 years. I’m talking about sleep the whole night through. First time in 12 years,” she said.

Marion said she could never get back those years of her life when she spent many nights with no rest. She said those nights didn’t come easy because she knew her son would be proud of what he left behind.

“Lord, I would wait for him to come back with open arms waiting for him to come. The first thing I want him to see is his children, to see how much they have grown,” said Marion.

Marion said now she’s focused on reconnecting with her grandchildren.

Marion said she hasn’t seen or heard from a majority of Wright’s six children over the years, and she wants to rebuild those long-lost relationships with her grandchildren.

Marion called her grandchildren the greatest gift her son gave her.

She said for 12 years, the relationships between most of Lorenzen and Sherra Wright’s children have been strained.

She said now that the truth is out and the people responsible for killing their dad are behind bars, including their mother, hopefully the lines of communication can reopen.

“They are coming around. People have been asking over the years, ‘How your grandkids doing?’ I don’t know. I only know how one is doing, and that’s Shamar. He’s the only one who was talking to me at the time,” Marion said.

The relationship between Marion and her grandkids became even more distanced after the arrest of their mother, Sherra Wright, in 2017.

Sherra is serving a 30-year sentence in prison for her part in the murder of her ex-husband.

“Like I told you, I did the best thing I could do,” said Marion. “I have scuffled and tried to deal with these kids, and they weren’t coming. So this is what I did. Lord, take care of my grandbabies because I can’t do it.”

Marion said she recently began speaking again with Wright’s oldest daughter, who plans to visit her very soon.

She believes now that the truth is out about what their mother did, more of the children will be open to coming back into each other’s lives.

“Now they are saying, ‘How could she?’ In the back of their mind, they know how they mama loves money. They know.”

FOX13′s Jeremy Pierre asked Marion, ”Would you say she loves money more than her own children?”

“They daddy dead, ain’t it,” she answered.

Marion said she hopes they understand now the messages she told their father, warning him about their mother.

“Y’all don’t understand. I told my son the last nine years of his life that was going to be the death of him. That woman is going to be the death of you,” she said.

Deborah Marion says she plans to have Lorenzen’s oldest and youngest daughter visit her next month.

She hopes it’s around the same time as Billy Ray Turner’s sentencing.

TRIAL COVERAGE:

LORENZEN WRIGHT MURDER: Photos from inside the courtroom as trial continues

LORENZEN WRIGHT MURDER: Jury selected, trial to begin Tuesday morning

LORENZEN WRIGHT MURDER: Everything we learned from Day 1 of testimony

LORENZEN WRIGHT MURDER: Everything we learned from Day 2 of testimony

LORENZEN WRIGHT MURDER: Everything we learned from Day 3 of testimony

LORENZEN WRIGHT MURDER: Everything we learned from day 4 of testimony

LORENZEN WRIGHT MURDER: Everything we learned from day 5 of testimony

LORENZEN WRIGHT MURDER: Billy Ray Turner found guilty on all charges