Sherra Wright's appearance in court was brief, but Billy Turner's bond hearing led to fireworks in the courtroom and a $15 million bond.
Both suspects are charged in the murder of former NBA and University of Memphis basketball star Lorenzen Wright.
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Shortly after walking into the courtroom, Sherra Wright's attorneys asked for her bond hearing date to be moved.
#BREAKING Sherra's attorneys just asked for another date for the bond hearing because they have an investigator who needs time & a witness that isn't present.— Zach Crenshaw (@ZachCFOX13) May 4, 2018
Turner was given option for another day, said he wants to move forward today. pic.twitter.com/W9BzxS1D9C
Billy Turner's attorneys were given the option to move their bond hearing, but they opted to proceed.
Three people -- a friend and two family members -- testified as character witnesses for Turner.
Prosecutors submitted affidavits and judgment sheets from Billy Turner's seven previous convictions, before turning to a statement provided by an informant.
The informant is Jimmie Martin, who prosecutors said is Sherra Wright's cousin.
Jimmy Martin - Shelby County Sheriff's Office
Martin was convicted in the murder of his girlfriend in 2012. He is currently serving 20 years in prison.
He claims to be the third co-conspirator in the murder. Prosecutors said that Martin flipped on Sherra Wright and Billy Turner and told homicide detectives he had information related to Lorenzen's killing.
In the statement, Martin claimed he was at a meeting when Wright and Turner planned the murder. He claims he went to Atlanta with Turner, where they planned to kill Lorenzen in his Georgia home.
The statement said the men climbed through a window that Sherra Wright left unlocked, but they did not go through with the killing because someone else was in the house.
#BREAKING— Zach Crenshaw (@ZachCFOX13) May 4, 2018
Sherra’s cousin is the star witness.
Said he was involved in murder plot. Claims Sherra and Billy killed Lorenzen in the woods.
Said he was part of plan to kill LW in Atlanta.
He led police to the gun in MS lake.
Proseuctor is outlining all their evidence. pic.twitter.com/XieLpLjb9h
Martin claims Sherra Wright lured Lorenzen back to Memphis with sexual texts the day before he was killed.
Days later, Jimmie Martin said he went to the alleged murder scene with Wright and Turner to find the gun they dropped, along with shell casings, and help clean up the crime scene.
Martin told investigators he and Billy Turner then drove to Mississippi, where Turner threw the gun in a rural lake.
In November 2017, investigators found the alleged murder weapon in a lake in Walls, Miss. Prosecutors said Jimmie Martin led law enforcement to that lake.
#BreakingNews Billy Turner shaking his head as prosecutors unveil motive and plot by Billy Turner, Sherra Wright to kill Lorenzen Wright. Lorenzen’s family in tears next to me. pic.twitter.com/feyEyEUHiJ— Greg Coy (@GCoyFOX13) May 4, 2018
Prosecutors also said they have evidence from a wiretap and physical surveillance.
Billy Turner's attorneys asked for bond to be set at $150,000. The prosecution asked for a $10 million bond.
Ultimately, the judge opted to set Turner's bond at $15 million.
Read courtroom updates from the FOX13 team below.
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