A man has been charged with first-degree murder in the 2010 slaying of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright, authorities said Tuesday.
Billy Turner was indicted Tuesday on a charge of first-degree murder, and was being held on $1 million bond, said Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich. Court records did not list a lawyer for him or a date for a court hearing. Weirich and Police Director Michael Rallings declined to discuss any details of the arrest or investigation.
Wright’s decomposing body was found in suburban Memphis on July 28, 2010, 10 days after the 34-year-old was reported missing. The seven-year investigation into his death has been one of the Memphis Police Department’s most high-profile unsolved cases.
Police said last month that they had found a gun used in the killing in a lake in Mississippi. Wright played for the Memphis Grizzlies and four other NBA teams as a forward and center over 13 seasons before retiring in 2009. He was born and raised in Memphis. Former NBA players such as Anfernee Hardaway and Elliot Perry attended a memorial service for Wright in the days after his body was found.
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