Lorenzen Wright’s accused killer appears in court, sparking outburst

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Lorenzen Wright's mother yelled at her son's accused killer during a court appearance Thursday morning.

Billy R. Turner walked into a Shelby County courtroom for a brief arraignment. Turner was indicted Tuesday on first-degree murder charges in the 2010 slaying of Wright, a local NBA basketball star.

Deborah Marion questioned her son's accused killer as family huddled together, held hands and clutched a picture of the former NBA star.

"How could you have murdered my son? That's what I want to know. Just how?" Marion said as she stood up from the gallery.

While Judge Lee Coffee sympathized with the pain Marion has endured over the last seven years, he admonished her from the courtroom for the outburst.

Judge Coffee told the heartbroken mother that he knows how she feels, because his father was killed as well.

"I understand and I apologize to the court, but I just keep thinking premeditated," said Marion.

"That's what he has been indicted for Ms. Wright. He's been indicted for first-degree premeditated killing, and as you heard me tell Mr. Turner, that carries either life in prison, life without the possibility of parole or the death penalty," said Judge Coffee.

Wright's family was too emotional to speak after the court hearing.

Paul Hagerman, with the Shelby County District Attorney's office is working on the case.

"The family has been suffering through this for seven years, so they're the ones with obviously a lot of feelings in the courtroom today," said D.A. Hagerman.

In just one week, Wright's family will once again face Turner in court. Today, Judge Coffee gave Turner more time to look into a private attorney.

As for Turner's family, several people were in court on his behalf.

Turner did not enter a plea. The case was continued until Dec. 12.

Turner, 46, was arrested Tuesday morning at the Express Mart on Highway 72 in Collierville and is being held on a $1 million bond.

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