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After 7 Years, Police Finally Make Arrest In Murder Of Former NBA Player

Back in July 2010, former NBA player Lorenzen Wright was found brutally murdered in Memphis, Tennessee. His murder has remained unsolved - until now. As the Huffington Post shares, police have finally made an arrest in the case.

Wright’s badly decomposed body was found in a field on July 28, 2010. His body was so decayed after being out in the heat that autopsy was unable to conclusively determine how many gunshots Wright had been struck with. Ten days prior to that, a 911 operator received a call from Wright’s cell phone. The call was cut off after she heard gunshots.

Amazingly, she neglected to inform her supervisor about the situation until eight days later. Police were on the case from that point, but it would obviously take some time to track Wright down. After they made the frightening discovery of his body, the investigation was in full swing. For seven long years, no substantial progress was made.

Last month, Memphis police would announce that they had found a gun in a lake about 75 miles west of the city. They believed that the weapon had been used in Wright’s slaying, and they offered up a reward of $21,000 for information that could help them tie up the loose ends. Billy Turner, 46, has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

He’s being held on a $1 million bond, but the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office has noted that no court date has been scheduled for his arraignment. Motive for the murder remains unclear, and we can safely assume that the investigation is ongoing due to the fact that no arraignment date has been scheduled. That said, police obviously have enough to go on to arrest Turner, so we’ll have to wait for additional details to be released as the case moves along.

After playing for the University of Memphis from 1994 through 1996, Wright was drafted in the first round of the 1996 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Clippers. He played for 13 seasons in the NBA. In addition to the Clippers, he played for the Memphis Grizzlies, Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks, and Sacramento Kings. Wright retired from basketball in 2009, not too long before his death.

The cold case nature of Wright’s murder has led to it becoming quite the subject of speculation. In 2015, a collaboration between Fox Sports and Sports Illustrated resulted in a series that focused on the circumstances surrounding his death. The report concluded that there were no suspects, motives, or answers of any kind to be found for the case.

We can only hope that the arrest helps the loved ones of Wright down the path to some much-needed closure. It’s unfathomable to imagine having to go through seven long years with absolutely no answers on the brutal murder of someone that you love. In a perfect world, the cops have gathered enough info to put this case to rest once and for all.

Source: HuffPost
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