MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Billy Turner, the man accused of killing former Memphis basketball star Lorenzen Wright, has pleaded guilty to unrelated gun charges.
Turner’s trial for weapons possession as a convicted felon was scheduled to begin Monday. Instead, he took the stand and changed his plea from “not guilty" to “guilty" for a single charge of being a convicted felon in possession of a weapon after a shotgun was found in his home.
The second gun charge was dismissed and a third is pending.
Turner pleaded guilty without a sentencing agreement. He faces between 12 and 20 years in prison for the weapons. Sentencing will take place July 26.
Turner was charged with Wright’s murder in December 2017, more than seven years after Wright went missing.
Wright’s ex-wife, Sherra Wright, is also charged with the murder.
Last March, Shelby County prosecutors said they would not seek the death penalty for either suspect -- a decision made at the request of Lorenzen Wright’s family.
Wright and Turner go on trial for the murder in September.