Lorenzen Wright

An arrest has been made in the cold case murder of ex-NBA star Lorenzen Wright. Wright was shot and killed in July 2010 in Memphis, Tennessee.

Tennessee police arrested Billy Turner, 46, on suspicion of murder. He was charged with 1st-degree murder and indicted Tuesday. Turner’s bail was set at $1 million, Fox News reported.

The cold case was revived last month when police recovered a revolver from a lake in Walnut, Miss. Ballistics tests showed the gun was the one that killed Wright.

Wright was a resident of Atlanta but he was in Memphis visiting his children and friends at the time of his death.

Wright, who was 34 when he died, was last seen leaving his ex-wife Sherra Wright’s home in the Memphis suburb of Collier on July 18, 2010. His mother filed a missing person’s report on July 22.

Wright’s badly decomposed body was found on July 28 in a marshy field near a wooded area. His body had been exposed to the searing summer heat for 10 days and weighed just 57 pounds. Wright was 6’11” and his playing weight was 225 pounds.

Wright played for the Memphis Grizzlies, Atlanta Hawks and two other NBA teams over 13 seasons before retiring in 2009.

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  • Lorenzo Chaps

    Thank God.

  • A D N

    A bittersweet Christmas gift for the family…

  • Duhjaaango

    Bruh

  • unknown user

    They had featured this story on one of those shows on tv1 i believe. He called 911 or either the kids mother and got shot on the phone. Sad

  • AnotherBlackGirl

    Wow! His killer was another Black male. Very heartless, sad and senseless murder. My condolences to Lorenzo’s family and may he RIP.

  • Johnathin Doebermin

    Did the suspect have a connection to Lorenzen’s wife???….

  • dontgetblocked

    Black on black crime. This is why I stay nervous around black men. Chances of them killing you are higher than a white man unless he’s a cop. Correction: scared of black men and white cops!

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    I think the baby momma set him up.

  • Ryan

    White on white crime is also quite frequent. As is Hispanic on Hispanic crime. And Middle Easterners killing each other. Stop it.

  • Ryan

    I remember when this happened. Am glad that the family might at least have some closure. Envy is no joke.

  • AnotherBlackGirl

    Umm…Can you tell me something that I don’t know.?

  • Ryan

    I know you know but certain people trying to reinforce/ focus on negative stereotypes is banal.

  • BloodBlood

    Why you think that?

  • A D N

    A bittersweet Christmas gift for the family…

  • Zeta1920

    Collierville not Collier

  • Ms Thang

    That’s a rumor floating around but he also had ties to a kingpin here in Memphis.

  • Maxima

    Glad they got the SOB. Cold cases being solved is sometimes better because the killer is caught when he/she least expects it and his/her life comes tumbling down.

  • Kim’s Original Face

    This was sad I dont know why I listening to his 911 tape but you can hear him being shot in the background I am glad they caught the person who did this

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    HOPE THIS IS THE REAL PERSON.

  • Bambi

    Wow so sad!

  • Memphis10

    yea it came out that he had ties with that kingpin…think he was getting cars for him or something

  • BeUtFullSoul

    I remember this Cold case, at some point they thought his ex-wife had something to do with it. I hope the person they’ve arrested is the RIGHT person… Praying for the family.

  • Dionne Johnson

    The Memphis suburb is Collierville

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    I STILL side eye the mother of his kids, I remember this because my heart broke for his Mom at the crime scene. Hope he did it period or alone…

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Me too

  • RealATLPeach36

    The wife and Billy Turner went to church a lot together. She had her hand in it somehow

  • Simone

    WHATTT!

  • RealATLPeach36
  • Ant Hill

    is it Black on Black crime when your baby daddies beating your ugly azz?

  • Michael Washington

    I date Asians now..

    I use to date black men DL and out but its not at all worth it to deal with them beyond sex.

    BW might need to wiseup..

  • TOO REAL

    THANK GOD someone will be paying and my they get all that were involved.

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    Look up and read all the shady shit she was doing before, during, and after his death.

  • BloodBlood

    Ok to Google I go!!!

  • BloodBlood

    Dang

  • Jussjess25

    So sad now he can rest in peace ?

  • ZoraNealHurstonsNiece

    That was always speculated.. She was acting real funny following the initial death announcement….

  • Lady Elle

    Finally, he deserves justice. Now get the Ex-wife. She guilty too…

  • Lady Elle

    He called 911 trying to get help. So the city of Germantown 911 and city of Collierville 911 couldn’t determine who the call belonged to.They are right at the city line of each other. He didn’t get a chance to say where he was because the shooting began. After the phone disconnected 911 didn’t call back or report the call until days after the call.