Man arrested in 2010 murder of former National Basketball Association player Lorenzen Wright

  • Man arrested in 2010 murder of former National Basketball Association player Lorenzen Wright

Man arrested in 2010 murder of former National Basketball Association player Lorenzen Wright

Upon learning about Turner being arrested and in custody, Wright's mom, Deborah Marion, vowed that she'll visit the cemetery her son is buried in and lay down "victory flowers", so "his soul can rest". Surveillance video shows Turner being arrested at the Express Mart in Collierville.

Marion said she doesn't know Turner.

During his career, Wright was a 6-11 center who played for teams such as the L.A. Clippers, Atlanta Hawks, and Memphis Grizzlies.

Authorities were able to find Turner after finding the gun used in the killing in a MS lake in November.

Wright averaged eight points and 6.4 rebounds per game while playing for five different National Basketball Association teams during his career from 1996 to 2009.

Born and raised in Memphis, he was a fan favorite thanks to his charity work with youth and his father's involvement as a coach in summer leagues.

The father of six was last seen on July 18, 2010, as he left the home of his ex-wife, Sherra Wright. She later told police that she believed Wright was carrying a large amount of cash at the time of his disappearance. Authorities said they heard a man cursing, followed by number gunshots on the call, according to The New York Times.

Dispatchers said they didn't alert patrol officers or commanders because they couldn't confirm it came from their jurisdiction.

On July 19, a police dispatcher received a call from Wright's cellphone. Soon after, police offered a $21,000 reward for information about the case.

A few days after that, Wright's mother filed a missing-persons report. Wright's body was eventually found in badly decomposed state, with bullet fragments in his chest, head, and one of his forearms.