Lorenzen Wright case: Wife, deacon charged in retired NBA star’s murder
Billy Ray Turner appeared in court on Friday for sentencing in the 2017 slaying of NBA star Lorenzen Wright.
Turner’s trial was concluded in March when a jury came back with guilty verdicts for first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.
He was back in court on Friday for sentencing. For criminal attempted murder and conspiracy, he was sentenced to life in prison with an additional 41 years behind bars. In Tennessee, a life sentence is 51 years.
Wright’s mother, Deborah Marion, testified as a victim impact statement during his sentencing on Friday.
She sobbed as she talked about her grandchildren missing their father and just how much she loved her son.
Following Marion’s statement, prosecutor Paul Hagerman argued that while Wright’s ex-wife Sherra was the mastermind behind the murder plot, Turner was the shooter. According to Hagerman, he worked as a hitman for Sherra.
“He was recruited by Ms. Wright in at least two meetings at her house when in cold blood, they discussed the murder of Lorenzen Wright,” said Hagerman. “According to testimony, they also discussed when and where this should happen and concocted a plan and executed it, and Mr. Turner was, in fact, the executioner.”
Prosecutors have repeatedly requested that Turner serve his sentences consecutively.
When Turner returns to court on August 5, a motion for a new trial is anticipated to be filed.