Lorenzen Wright's Mom Will Be In Court When Billy Turner Makes An Appearance

MEMPHIS, Tenn (localmemphis.com) - The man accused of shooting and killing Lorenzen Wright will go before a judge for the first time Thursday morning. 

Memphis Police say Billy Turner killed the former Memphis Tigers and Grizzlies player 7 years ago. Wright’s mother, Deborah Marion, will also be in the courtroom, and plans to follow this case every step of the way.

Marion has a lot of questions about why her son was killed and who else may be involved. Given this week’s arrest, Wednesday morning she felt compelled to visit her son’s grave site and invited the Local I-Team to join her.

"Yes, Lord it's been a long time coming, but we made it,” said Marion while standing at the grave. Marion arrived to the site with new flowers in hand and fresh balloons.

She said this visit is much different than those in the past. "Yes, this is a good day for me." She added, "I put his Kappa colored balloons on here, red and white. I had to come and tell him myself it's over."

Memphis Police arrested Billy Turner for Wright's murder Tuesday at a convenience store in Collierville. Marion says Turner is the son of the woman who babysat Lorenzen Wright's children. 

Turner and Wright's ex-wife, Sherra Robinson Wright, attended the same church, Mt. Olive #1 Missionary Baptist Church. Turner was reportedly a deacon and, according to the church's Facebook page, Wright at one time was a church minister.

Marion says Lorenzen's children are aware of the arrest, and she speculates it's raising a lot of questions in their minds. "What really happened to my Dad? We got the main piece of the puzzle. On the inside, the kids want to know… the other layers to start popping in."

Now that an arrest has been made, Marion says her son's soul can finally rest, and so can she. “Jesus gave me an early Christmas present and I'm really going to appreciate this, 2017, for the rest of my life."

Turner is in jail $1 million dollars bond.


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