COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - The man indicted for the murder of former Memphis Grizzlies basketball player Lorenzen Wright was arrested inside a convenience store in Collierville Tuesday morning.
According to witnesses, Billy Turner refilled his coffee before investigators moved in.
"He's an everyday customer," said Collierville Express Mart employee Aimen Alaina. "He comes in, buys snacks, drinks, gas."
People at the gas station off US Highway 72 told Local 24 they were shocked to hear of Turner’s arrest for Wright’s murder.
"I saw the cops come in on him," said Alaina. "I was wondering, 'Was it for him?' I think he was wondering the same thing. He kind of tried to step out of the way and they said, 'No, put your hands behind your back.'"
Security footage shows the 46-year-old being arrested around 10:10 a.m. Tuesday. At 3:00 p.m. the Shelby County District Attorney along with law enforcement held a press conference. That is when they announced Turner was indicted on a charge of premeditated first-degree murder for the 2010 shooting death of Wright.
"He is in custody on a $1 million bond," said District Attorney Amy Weirich. "I will say this now and probably several times, this is a pending indictment. This is an ongoing investigation. There is very little that I can legally or ethically say."
Local 24 learned investigators were at a home on Waterfront Oak Drive in Raleigh prior to Turner's arrest. Investigators spotted Turner getting into a car earlier in the morning and are believed to have followed him. The investigation at the Raleigh home had neighbors watching.
"They've been over there for several hours, so I'm pretty sure they got something, because, you know, the street is blocked off and they got several undercover officers," said Tony Carroll.
Those who know Turner tell Local 24 he lived at a home in the 100 block of West South Street. The address is not far from where investigators picked him up.
"He had his own landscaping business," said Alaina. "He was always staying busy. He was a hard-working man. Like, never in a million years would I have thought it was him at all."
Last month, Memphis Police announced the department located a gun in a lake on County Road 302 in Walnut, Mississippi. The gun was believed to be the weapon used in the murder of Lorenzen Wright.
The case is being handled by Chief Prosecutor Paul Hagerman of the DA's Multi-Agency Gang Prosecution Unit, and Assistant District Attorney Colin Campbell. The MGU prosecutes homicide cases and other violent crimes associated with gang activity, specific targeted gang members or special cases assigned by the District Attorney General.