A man has been arrested and accused with murder in the murder of Lorenzen Wright, the basketball star whose body was found in 2010 and whose murder has remained a mystery for years, according to a document.
Billy Turner, 46, has been charged with murder In the first degree, according to a document, he was accused on Tuesday that the multiple agency gang unit saw him abandon r a house in the 4700 block of Waterfront Oak Drive, get in a vehicle and travel to Collierville. Express Mart in the United States 72. He was later arrested.
Authorities confirmed last month that they had found a weapon that was believed to be the murder weapon in a lake in the Walnut, Mississippi area. That discovery led officials to publicize a $ 21,000 reward for information established in the case years earlier.
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Wright was 6 feet 11 feet tall and a star player at the University of Memphis. He then went on to play for several NBA teams, including Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies.
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He suffered personal and financial setbacks, including divorce and foreclosure of two homes. He finished his career in the NBA in 2009 and was killed at age 34.
Wright had been living in Atlanta and was visiting the Memphis area when he disappeared in July 2010.
Wright's ex-wife, Sherra Robinson Wright, had told her authorities in 2010 that she left her Collierville home at 10: 30 pm July 18 with drugs and an unspecified amount of money, according to an affidavit from the Memphis Police. She told the authorities that Wright made a phone call to an unknown person and told her he was going to change something for $ 110,000. Then he left in a vehicle driven by an unidentified person shortly after the call, he said.
Photos by Lorenzen Wright at the home of Deborah Marion, mother of Lorenzen, June 26, 2015. (Photo: Stan Carroll / The Commercial Appeal)
Wright seems to have called 911 from his cell phone from a field near the TPC Southwind golf course minutes after midnight on July 19, 2010. His body was found in the area several days later, and authorities said he was so broken that it was not clear how many times he was shot.
Casings of different calibers were found at the crime scene.
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Thousands of people attended Wright's funeral at FedExForum. The speakers included the then mayor of Memphis, A C Wharton.
"He was a young man who never forgot who he was, where he came from, the values that shaped him and the people who encouraged him along the way," Wharton said at the time. "Lorenzen's story was one of those special Memphis stories in which a man can transcend his roots even when he proudly represents those roots."
By December 2010, the hope of a quick resolution of the case had vanished. The authorities said that only 22 suggestions had been entered, and the Executive Director of Crime Stoppers, Buddy Chapman, said at the time that they were not substantive.
The case garnered extensive media coverage, including a 2015 investigation of Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports 1.
It became one of the highest-profile unsolved murders in the city's recent history.
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