Trial to begin in slaying of former NBA player in Memphis

Lorenzen Wright
Posted at 8:21 AM, Mar 14, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-14 09:21:26-04

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Jury selection is set to begin in the trial of a man charged with killing former NBA player Lorenzen Wright, whose body was found in a swampy field nearly 12 years ago in Memphis, Tennessee.

Billy Ray Turner has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy issued in a December 2017 indictment. He could face life in prison if convicted of first-degree murder.

Wright’s slaying was one of the most highly publicized murder cases in Memphis history. His decomposing body was found in east Memphis in July 2010.

The 6-foot, 11-inch Wright played 13 seasons for five NBA teams.