Man Charged in 2010 Murder of NBA Player Lorenzen Wright

Man Charged in 2010 Murder of Former Grizzlies Center Lorenzen Wright

Man Charged in 2010 Murder of Former Grizzlies Center Lorenzen Wright

Police arrested a man Tuesday afternoon for the murder of Lorenzen Wright, more than seven years after the former National Basketball Association player's body was found outside of Memphis.

According to a document, Billy Turner, 46, was charged with first-degree murder and was indicted on Tuesday, being held on a $1 million bond. The arrest comes one month after police announced they had found the murder weapon in a MS lake, about 50 miles from where Wright's body was found on July 28, 2010.

Memphis police announced last month they had found a gun in a MS lake about 75 miles east of the city that they believed to be connected with Wright's murder, Commercial Appeal reports.

The star athlete, then 34, had been shot multiple times. He averaged 8.0 points and 6.4 rebounds in 778 career games.

He visited Memphis in 2010 and according to his ex-wife, he left his home on the evening of July 18 with drugs and an unspecified amount of cash as he got into a vehicle with an unidentified individual. 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 also says that she overheard him saying on the phone that he was going to "flip something for $110,000", and that she watched him get into a vehicle with someone she was unable to identify. She also claims to have overheard her ex-husband on the phone telling someone that he was going to "flip something for $110,000". He got into a auto with an unidentified person and wasn't seen after that. An autopsy report showed bullet fragments were lodged in his skull, chest and right forearm. Wright's deteriorated body was found in a field near some woods in the height of summer - which complicated the investigation.

In the early morning of July 19, a police dispatcher in the suburb of Germantown received a call from Wright's cellphone. His corpse weighed 57 pounds.

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