Arrest Made 7 Years After NBA Player Lorenzen Wright's Murder

Arrest Made 7 Years After NBA Player Lorenzen Wright's Murder

Sherra Wright, the ex-wife of slain NBA basketball player Lorenzen Wright, grieves at the casket of Wright during a memorial service at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn., on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010.

Turner, who was apprehended by authorities on Tuesday, was charged with first-degree murder for the death of Wright in 2010, as Katie Fretland, Daniel Connolly, Linda A. Moore and Yolanda Jones of The Commercial Appeal report. He is being held on $1 million bond. Court records did not list a lawyer for him or a date for a court hearing. His badly decomposed body was found in Memphis on July 28, 2010, 10 days after his family reported him missing.

The case received a boost on November 9 of this year when police in Mississippi found what they suspect to be the murder weapon in a lake about 75 miles southeast of Memphis in Walnut, Mississippi. He was shot multiple times. He retired in 2009 with a career average of 8.0 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.


He visited Memphis in 2010 and according to his ex-wife, he left his home on the evening of July 18 with drugs and an unspecified amount of cash as he got into a auto with an unidentified individual. He got into a vehicle with an unidentified person and wasn't seen after that.

According to ESPN, a police dispatcher in the Memphis suburb Germantown received a call from Lorenzen's cell phone on July 19.

Wright's body was found in a field near some woods in the height of summer, complicating the investigation because evidence had likely deteriorated in the heat. His corpse weighed 57 pounds. When Wright was found, the former athlete had two gunshot wounds in his head, two bullets in his chest and bullet fragments in his forearm.

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