Man Charged With Murdering NBA Player Lorenzen Wright 7 Years After His Death

The former Memphis Grizzlies player was found shot to death in 2010.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

On July 28, 2010, the body of 34-year-old Lorenzen Wright was found decomposing in suburban Memphis. On Tuesday, a man was charged in the murder of the former NBA player. The suspect, 46-year-old Billy Turner, was indicted on first-degree murder and is being held on $1 million bond, according to The Washington Post.

As ABC News shared, Wright's ex-wife said he left her home on July 18, 2010 with drugs and cash. He got into a car with an unidentified person and wasn't seen after that. On July 19, a police dispatcher received a call from Wright's cellphone. Authorities said they heard a man cursing, followed by number gunshots on the call, according to The New York Times. When Wright was found, the former athlete had two gunshot wounds in his head, two bullets in his chest and bullet fragments in his forearm.

“Additional gunshot wounds cannot be excluded,” the autopsy report noted.

Wright's body was found 10 days after he was last seen alive. Multiple tips initially came in to authorities, but none led to apprehending a suspect. The case went cold for years.

Authorities were able to find Turner after finding the gun used in the killing in a Mississippi lake in November. Surveillance video shows Turner being arrested at the Express Mart in Collierville. Employees there were surprised by the arrest.

"Very nice guy, would always stop by the counter and make jokes with us even like after his transaction, he would just sit there and talk with us," said one. "Real humble guy."

Wright had played for the Memphis Grizzlies and four other NBA teams. He played 13 seasons in the NBA, and he retired in 2009.

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