Suspect charged in 2010 murder of Lorenzen Wright

Man Charged in 2010 Murder of Former Grizzlies Center Lorenzen Wright

46-year-old suspect Billy Turner was apprehended at a gas station and charged with first-degree murder. According to a document, he was indicted Tuesday.

Police re-opened the case in November after they purportedly found a gun that was used to shoot Lorenzen in a lake in the small town of Walnut, Mississippi, roughly 75 miles east of Memphis. "Thank you, Jesus. You gotta pray for what you want and that's what I did".


Wright played for the Memphis Grizzlies, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers, Atlanta Hawks and Sacramento Kings over the course of 13 seasons in the National Basketball Association. He averaged 8.0 points and 6.4 rebounds in 778 career games. Former NBA players and friends including Anfernee Hardaway and Elliot Perry attended a memorial service for Wright in the days after his body was found. She later told police that she believed Wright was carrying a large amount of cash at the time of his disappearance. She said that he told her that he was about to "flip" the money and left with someone. Authorities said they heard a man cursing, followed by number gunshots on the call, according to The New York Times.

On July 19, a police dispatcher received a call from Wright's cellphone. "She's hoping to find an answer", Governor Bill Haslam said. Soon after, police offered a $21,000 reward for information about the case. Authorities in Collierville were accused of dragging their feet in the days after the report was filed, and an apparent lack of communication kept authorities from linking the 911 call to the missing-person report. His body was then found several days later, with the details of his death remaining a mystery until now.

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