MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - Memphis Police and the Shelby County District Attorney announced Tuesday afternoon that an arrest has been made in the murder of Lorenzen Wright.
Billy Turner, 46, has been indicted on a charge with first-degree murder in the case. At the news conference, the D.A. called the murder "pre-meditated." Turner is in custody on $1 million bond. Memphis Police and the D.A. say the case is an ongoing investigation.
Lorenzen Wright was last seen alive leaving his ex-wife's home in Collierville on July 18th, 2010. His body was found 10 days later in a field near Hacks Cross and Winchester.
Seven years after her son was killed in one of the most high-profile unsolved murder cases in Memphis history, Wright's mother Deborah Marion is full of emotions. She says they called her right before the District Attorney announced the arrest of Billy Turner.
"Thank you, Jesus. Justice finally. Seven years!” exclaimed Marion. “I'm so happy, happy, happy. This is the happiest day of the world. Out of all 365 days. This is the happiest one. You just don't know how I feel on the inside. It's like, whoo, thank you Jesus.”
“He is in custody on a $1 million bond,” announced D.A. 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.”
"Lorenzen Wright case has stayed in the public for years. Again, we say it many times, that we have never stopped investigating,” says MPD Director Mike Rallings.
We do know investigators got a big break this summer, when they found the murder weapon. The gun was recovered in a lake in Walnut, Mississippi.
Investigators were also at a home on Waterfront Oak in Raleigh Tuesday. That is where Turner was spotted early Tuesday morning. Investigators followed him to Collierville, where he was arrested at a gas station.
Wright’s mother told Local 24 she would never give up on getting justice for her son.
(SHELBY COUNTY D.A. NEWS RELEASE)
A 46-year-old Collierville man was indicted Tuesday on premeditated first-degree murder charges in the 2010 shooting death of former basketball star Lorenzen Wright, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Defendant Billy R. Turner was arrested Tuesday morning and is being on a $1 million bond.
Wright was last seen alive on July 18, 2010, when he left the home of his ex-wife. Early the next morning Germantown Police received a 911 call from Wright’s cell phone, but the call was interrupted by gunfire.
Wright’s body was discovered July 28, 2010, in a field near Hacks Cross and Winchester. He had been shot multiple times. According to the indictment, Wright was killed sometime between July 17 and July 20 that year. He was 34.
On Nov. 9 this year, authorities announced they had located the murder weapon in a lake near Walnut, Miss.
The investigation is ongoing.
The case is being handled by Chief Prosecutor Paul Hagerman of the DA’s Multi-Agency Gang Prosecution Unit (MGU), and Asst. Dist. Atty. Colin Campbell also of the MGU that prosecutes homicide cases and other violent crimes associated with gang activity, specific targeted gang members or special cases assigned by the District Attorney General.