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Man arrested for the murder of National Basketball Association star Lorenzen Wright

Man arrested for the murder of National Basketball Association star Lorenzen Wright

Billy Turner, 46, was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday in Memphis, The Commerical Appeal reported.

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.

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. When the killing happened in 2010, Wright's body was found days after his death and his body was so decomposed it was unable to be determined how many times the man was shot, however, multiple casings were found from different caliber weapons. "You gotta pray for what you want and that's what I did". He averaged 8.0 points and 6.4 rebounds in 778 career games.

Born and raised in Memphis, he was a fan favorite thanks to his charity work with youth and his father's involvement as a coach in summer leagues.

Before he left, Sherra Wright said she overheard her ex-husband on the telephone telling someone that he was going to "flip something for $110,000", the document said. She later told police that she believed Wright was carrying a large amount of cash at the time of his disappearance. Later she told authorities that she saw him leave with drugs and money.

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According to Sports Illustrated, the 9-11 dispatcher did not report anything to a supervisor until eight days after she received the call from Wright with audible gunshots.

Authorities said the investigation is ongoing.

Dispatchers said they didn't alert patrol officers or commanders because they couldn't confirm it came from their jurisdiction.

There was a $21,000 reward being offered for any information leading to an arrest.


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