Lorenzen Wright
Lorenzen Wright played in the NBA for 13 years. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

Billy Turner, 46, has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder for killing former NBA player Lorenzen Wright. From the Commercial Appeal:

Billy Turner, 46, has been charged with first-degree murder. According to a document, he was indicted Tuesday. The Multi Agency Gang Unit saw him leave a house in the 4700 block of Waterfront Oak Drive, get into a vehicle and travel to the Collierville Express Mart on U.S. 72. He was then arrested.

Authorities confirmed last month they had found a gun believed to be the murder weapon in a lake in the Walnut, Mississippi, area. That discovery prompted officials to publicize a $21,000 reward for information established in the case years earlier.

Wright was 34 when he tragically died. His body was found in 2010, perplexing authorities until now.

Wright was a 6-foot-11 center. He was a standout at the University of Memphis, averaging 16 points, 10.3 rebounds and two blocks per game in his two years there. In 1996, he was named both a second-team All-American and first-team All-Conference USA.

In 1996, he was selected seventh overall by the Los Angeles Clippers.

For his career, Wright averaged eight points and 6.4 rebounds per game.


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