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A Shelby County man has been arrested and charged with murder in the killing of Lorenzen Wright, the basketball standout whose body was found in 2010 and whose slaying has remained a mystery for years, officials announced Tuesday. 

Billy R. Turner, 46, was charged with first-degree murder. According to a document, he was indicted Tuesday. The Multi Agency Gang Unit saw him leave a house in the 4700 block of Waterfront Oak Drive, get into a vehicle and travel to the Collierville Express Mart on U.S. 72. He was then arrested and was being held on $1 million bond. 

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Surveillance video from Collierville Express Mart shows the arrest of Billy Ray Turner, a suspect in the death of NBA player and Memphis native Lorenzen Wright.
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“The Lorenzen Wright case has stayed in the public eye for many years,” Memphis police Director Michael Rallings said. “We said many times that we had never stopped investigating.”

Deborah Marion, Wright’s mother, expressed relief over Tuesday’s developments, saying authorities confirmed Turner’s arrest shortly before a mid-afternoon news conference.

“I’m ecstatic. I’m full of flame,” Marion said, later adding: “We got the main player.”

According to Shelby County court records, Turner has an arrest record dating to 1992.

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In August 1992, Turner pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon. He was sentenced to two years in the Shelby County Correction Center, according to court records.

Aimen Alaina says his family has owned the Collierville Express Mart for 15 years and Turner has been a regular customer for as long as he can remember.

“I’d say at least five times a week, with no bad habits. No cigarettes, no beer, no lottery tickets,” Alaina said. “We’re always laughing together. He’s a nice guy.”


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