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


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.

The arrest comes one month after police announced they had found the murder weapon in a MS lake, about 50 miles from where Wright's body was found on July 28, 2010. 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.

One of the most infamous unsolved cases in Memphis sports history just took a step toward resolution. "Thank you, Jesus. You gotta pray for what you want and that's what I did".

Wright had played for the Memphis Grizzlies and four other National Basketball Association teams. For his career, Wright averaged 8.0 points and 6.4 rebounds per game over a grand total of 778 regular season contests. Former NBA players and friends including Anfernee Hardaway and Elliot Perry attended a memorial service for Wright in the days after his body was found.

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An affidavit alleges Wright told her he planned to "flip something for $110,000".

Wright called 911 from his cellphone from a field near the TPC Southwind golf course minutes after midnight on July 19, 2010. Dispatchers acknowledged they heard noises like gunshots before the call was dropped. They didn't send a patrol officer or relay the information to Memphis police until days later.

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