Trial delayed for man charged with murder of basketball star Lorenzen Wright

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Billy Turner, charged with the murder of Memphis basketball star Lorenzen Wright in 2010, appeared in court Thursday morning in the murder case.

Turner’s attorney requested the trial, originally set for September 16th, be pushed back to allow for a review of new discovery information. The judge agreed. A new trial date was not set.

Turner’s team said they are just in the beginning stage of reviewing a full box worth of new evidence gathered by the prosecution. According to Turner’s attorney John Perry, this is evidence that the prosecution had but forgot to submit for the defense to review. 

Perry wouldn’t discuss too much what the evidence exactly is and how much of an impact it would have on Turner’s case. But he did say it includes witness bank statements and surveillance recordings which could possibly include a third conspirator.

Lorenzen wright’s mother Deborah Marion was in the courtroom Thursday morning. She said she’s happy with the trial being delayed because, for her, that means more time for the prosecution to build its case against Turner. 

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Lorenzen Wright

Turner and his attorneys will be back in court on the original trial date of September 16th to see if additional time is needed before the new trial date is set.

Earlier this month, Turner was sentenced to 16 years in prison in a separate case. 48-year-old Turner agreed to a plea deal in June, connected to two convicted felon in possession of a weapon charges. The plea deal for Turner stemmed from a search warrant and two guns found at Turner’s home following his December 2017 arrest for Lorenzen Wright’s murder.

During the plea hearing in that case, Turner’s attorney said while he accepts responsibility for having the shotgun, his client maintains his innocence in Lorenzen Wright’s murder.

Sherra Wright

Lorenzen Wright was murdered in 2010, and his ex-wife Sherra Wright and Turner were charged with the crime in 2017.

In July, Sherra Wright pleaded guilty to facilitation to commit first-degree murder in Wright’s death. That carries a 30-year sentence. She also pleaded guilty to facilitation to commit attempted first-degree murder, with an 8-year sentence. The sentences run concurrently. Sherra Wright would be eligible for parole after 30% of the sentence is served, after 9 years. She will get credit for time served (nearly two years).

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