Monday, 11 December, 2017

Arrest made in 2010 killing of former National Basketball Association center Lorenzen Wright

Man charged in the killing of former NBA star after seven years with no answers Otto Greule Jr. /Getty Images
Howard Terry | 07 December, 2017, 01:50

According to a document, Billy Turner, 46, was charged with first-degree murder and was indicted on Tuesday, being held on a $1 million bond.

The case went cold for years. but there was a major break last month when cops discovered the gun they believed was used to kill Wright.in a lake about 50 miles from Wright's body. He was drafted seventh by the Clippers in 1996 and played a total of 13 National Basketball Association seasons for the Clippers, Hawks, Cavaliers, Kings and Grizzlies.

During far better days, Wright was a 6-foot-11 second-team All-American center who was drafted out of the University of Memphis with the 7th overall pick by the Clippers back in 1996.

An affidavit alleges Wright told her he planned to "flip something for $110,000". It he was shot multiple times, but he was able to call 911.

When Wright's ex-wife, Sherra, last saw him, she said he was leaving her home with cash and drugs in the apparent hope of a big financial score. That info was not given to the Memphis PD until several days later and authorities also failed to make a timely connection to the missing person report.

In the early morning of July 19, a police dispatcher in the suburb of Germantown received a call from Wright's cellphone. They didn't send a patrol officer or relay the information to Memphis police until days later. He averaged 8.0 points and 6.4 rebounds in 778 career games.

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

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

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