Lorenzen Wright's Mother To Accused Killer In Court: "How Could You Have Killed My Son?"

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - An outburst in a Shelby County Courtroom. The mother of murdered NBA basketball player Lorenzen Wright lashed out at the man charged with killing her son.  

“How could you have killed my son," said Deborah Marion during a court hearing Thursday. 

Police say Billy Turner shot Wright to death in 2010. Turner was arrested this week and made his first court appearance Thursday in front of Judge Lee Coffee. In court, Marion sat alongside her family, with a picture of Wright and two crosses in her hand. She watched as Turner was walked into the courtroom.

After the outburst, Judge Coffee called Marion to the front of the courtroom and told her, he understands she's in pain, but he said if it happens again, he would have to bar her from the courtroom. He added this case will probably not be over for some time.

“This case is not going to be resolved anytime soon. I know it's been 7 long years for you, almost 7 1/2 years," said Judge Coffee to Marion. He added, "Please be respectful of the courtroom and be respectful of the administration of justice, because if it happens again I'm going to have to bar you from the courtroom and I don't want to do that to you."

Marion said, "I want to apologize, but if anybody had a son that was murdered they'd feel me."

Judge Coffee then offered insight into his personal life. "Ms. Wright, my father was killed and that's what brought me back to Memphis, so I understand what you are going through."

Prosecutor Paul Hagerman met with the family after the hearing. He told reporters he did not expect another outburst from the family in court.

"The family has been suffering through this for 7 years, so they are the ones obviously with a lot of feelings in the courtroom today," said Hagerman. 

The Wright family left the courthouse without talking to reporters. They were escorted into a back area of the courthouse away from the news cameras.

Turner will be back in court next week for an arraignment. Between now and then his family plans to hire a lawyer.

 


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