Man Arrested in Murder of Former NBA Player Lorenzen Wright


According to Fox News, investigators in Shelby County, Tennessee, believe 46-year-old Billy Turner killed Wright more than seven years ago near Memphis.

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.

Because of the grisly nature of the crime and Wright's celebrity, the case was considered among the highest profile unsolved mysteries in Memphis history. "You gotta pray for what you want and that's what I did".

The 6-foot-11 (210-centimeter) Wright played for the Memphis Grizzlies and four other National Basketball Association teams as a forward and center over 13 seasons before retiring in 2009. For his career, Wright averaged 8.0 points and 6.4 rebounds per game over a grand total of 778 regular season contests.

Wright was last seen alive on July 18, 2010 as he left his ex-wife's house.

An affidavit alleges Wright told her he planned to "flip something for $110,000". "We said many times that we had never stopped investigating".

The next day police received a phone call from Wright's cellphone, but it was interrupted by gunfire, according to the D.A. Dispatchers acknowledged they heard noises like gunshots before the call was dropped. "She's hoping to find an answer", Governor Bill Haslam said. They didn't send a patrol officer or relay the information to Memphis police until days later.

A few days after that, Wright's mother filed a missing-persons report. His body was then found several days later, with the details of his death remaining a mystery until now.

The corpse was badly decomposed, weighing 57 pounds (25 kilograms).Wright's playing weight was around 225 pounds (100 kilograms).