Arrest made in 2010 killing of former National Basketball Association center Lorenzen Wright


Now, Memphis police have announced that an arrest has been made in Wright's murder.

Billy Turner, 46, was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday in Memphis, The Commerical Appeal reported.

Wright was a native of Atlanta but visiting the Memphis area when his body went missing in summer 2010.

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Sherra Wright, the ex-wife of slain NBA basketball player Lorenzen Wright, grieves at the casket of Wright during a memorial service at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn., on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010.

Memphis police announced last month they had found a gun in a MS lake about 75 miles east of the city that they believed to be connected with Wright's murder, Commercial Appeal reports. But his body was so badly decomposed by the time it was found that it was impossible to determine whether more shots had hit him.

Now it appears police may have finally cracked the case, and may be closer to finally being able to answer why Wright was killed more than seven years ago.

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"They just called me to say they have some good news", Wright's mother Deborah told the Commercial Appeal in Memphis last month. "They definitely found the gun".

According to ESPN, a police dispatcher in the Memphis suburb Germantown received a call from Lorenzen's cell phone on July 19. Wright departed her home around 10:30 p.m. with drugs and an unspecified amount of money and left in a vehicle driven by an unidentified person.

The 911 operator who picked up Wright's call waited eight days to alert her supervisor about it, impeding police investigation. Eventually the district Wright's family an undisclosed sum in a legal settlement because of that error. For his career, Wright averaged 8.0 points and 6.4 rebounds per game over a grand total of 778 regular season contests.

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