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

Authorities: Man charged with first-degree murder in the 2010 slaying of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright

Man Charged in 2010 Murder of Former Grizzlies Center Lorenzen Wright

Wright, who was 34-years-old when he died, played for the Memphis Grizzlies and four other National Basketball Association teams as a forward and center over 13 seasons before retiring in 2009. He was visiting Memphis from his home in the Atlanta area in the summer of 2010 when he disappeared.

Investigators charged a man identified as Billy Turner, 46, Tuesday morning with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Wright, according to the Shelby County District Attorney's Office.

The arrest followed the October discovery of what police believe was the murder weapon from a MS lake.

"He was a young man who never forgot who he was, where he came from, the values that shaped him and the people who encouraged him along the way", then-Memphis mayor A.C. Wharton said at the time, per The Commercial Appeal. The clue appears to have led authorities to Turner.

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Fox News reports that the father of six was last seen on July 18, 2010, as he left the home of his ex-wife, Sherra Wright. He called 911 from a field late that night and his decomposed body was later found nearby by search dogs.

Because of the grisly nature of the crime and Wright's celebrity, the case was considered among the highest profile unsolved mysteries in Memphis history.

Wright, a 6-foot-11 Memphis native, University of Memphis standout and 13-year professional player, was last heard from on July 19, 2010, during a 911 call to a dispatcher in Germantown, Tenn., shortly after midnight.

Now it appears police may have finally cracked the case, and may be closer to finally being able to answer why Wright was killed more than seven years ago. Wright had at least five gunshot wounds to his body, two to the head, two to the chest, and one to the right forearm.

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