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Posted: December 05, 2017

Arrest made in NBA star Lorenzen Wright’s murder 7 years after his death


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By Zach Crenshaw , Scott Madaus, Fox13Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. —

Tennessee authorities have made an arrest in the 2010 murder of former NBA star Lorenzen Wright. 

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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.

Wright was last seen alive on July 18, 2010 when he left the home of his ex-wife. The next day police received a phone call from Wright's cell phone, but it was interrupted by gunfire, according to the D.A.

Wright's body was found on July 28, 2010 in a field in Memphis.

The star athlete, then 34, had been shot multiple times. 

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The Memphis Police Department and the Shelby County District Attorney's Office held a news conference Tuesday afternoon on Turner’s arrest.

Authorites said the investigation is ongoing. 

There is no word yet on when Turner is scheduled for arraignment. 


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