Man charged with the 2010 murder of National Basketball Association player Lorenzen Wright

Man Charged in 2010 Murder of Former Grizzlies Center Lorenzen Wright

Lorenzen's remains were found in a wooded area on July 28, 2010.

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.

According to TMZ Sports, police caught a break in the cold case last month when they found a gun they believe was used to murder Wright. He played 13 seasons in the National Basketball Association for five different teams, although he had his longest stint with his hometown team, the Memphis Grizzlies.

During far better days, Wright was a 6-foot-11 second-team All-American center who was drafted out of the University of Memphis with the 7th overall pick by the Clippers back in 1996.

Sherra Wright said Lorenzen Wright left her home in a vehicle with a person she could not identify.

The star athlete, then 34, had been shot multiple times. His ex-wife, Sherra Wright, told police he left her house in the suburb of Collierville after she heard him say on the phone that he was going to "flip something for $110,000".

There was a $21,000 reward being offered for any information leading to an arrest. For his career, Wright averaged 8.0 points and 6.4 rebounds per game over a grand total of 778 regular season contests.

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

Wright called 911 from his cellphone from a field near the TPC Southwind golf course minutes after midnight on July 19, 2010. Wright's body was eventually found in badly decomposed state, with bullet fragments in his chest, head, and one of his forearms.

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