MEMPHIS, Tennessee. – A man who is accused of the murder of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright more than seven years ago in Tennessee has pleaded not guilty.
Attorney John Keith Perry entered the plea during an arraignment hearing Tuesday for the 46-year-old Billy Turner in Memphis.
Turner was indicted Dec. 5 on a first degree murder charge. His bail is set at $1 million.
Wright’s body was found in a marshy area in a suburb of Memphis on July 28, 2010, 10 days after the 34-year-old was reported missing. He was shot multiple times. Wright’s death is one of the Memphis Police Department’s most high-profile unsolved cases.
The public prosecutor and the police have refused to provide details about the investigation. Perry said there should not be a “rush to judgment” about Turner, a landscaper and resident of the Memphis suburb of Collierville.