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Tennessee jury returns guilty verdict for murder of Lorenzen Wright

MEMPHIS — A Shelby County jury has found Billy Ray Turner guilty of first-degree murder in the 2010 shooting death of Memphis hometown hero and NBA star Lorenzen Wright.

The jury reached a unanimous decision on all three points after deliberating for less than three hours on Monday.

Wright was shot shortly after midnight on July 19, 2010. His body was found days later in a remote area of ​​southeast Shelby County.

Due to the time lapse between when Wright was killed and when police discovered his badly decomposed body, investigators lost key evidence that would have facilitated a faster investigation.

The case was considered cold for several years, until investigators found reason to re-examine the role of Wright’s ex-wife, Sherra Wright.

Sherra Wright was charged around the same time Turner was in late 2017. She is currently serving a 30-year sentence.

Wright was, according to both prosecution and defense descriptions, a son of Memphis. He was a high school graduate of Memphis City Schools, played for the University of Memphis, and played for the Memphis Grizzlies for five seasons.

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