MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Billy Ray Turner, one of the defendants in the Lorezen Wright murder case, appeared in a Shelby County courtroom on Thursday.
The judge stated that both sides agreed to allow more time after the defense was given new evidence back in August. Turner will appear again on December 4 at which time a trial date is supposed to be set.
The new information reportedly includes video discs and is related to other people in the case.
A defense attorney said the prosecutor’s office told him it was a mistake.
Prosecutor Paul Hagerman said his office discovered the information in the last two weeks.
“The state is under a continual obligation if they get information in the case to turn it over to defense attorneys, and that’s what we did,” he said.
“I take Paul at his word that it was an oversight that it wasn’t turned over,” defense attorney John Perry said.
Turner’s murder trial was originally scheduled to begin September 16 but was delayed due to this new evidence.
Turner’s co-defendant Sherra Wright was sentenced in July to 30 years in prison for facilitating the murder of her ex-husband Lorenzen Wright.