Man charged in NBA star's murder pleads not guilty on all counts

Man charged in NBA star's murder pleads not guilty on all counts

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Billy Turner, the man accused of killing former NBA player Lorenzen Wright, appeared in court again Monday.

The judge handed down two new charges. Turner now faces charges of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, and criminal attempt to commit a felony. All of the charges are related to the 2010 killing of Wright.

Turner, 46, pleaded not guilty to all three charges.

Turner was arrested on December 5, more than seven years after Wright was found dead.

Turner's attorney John Keith Perry, Jr. said he's in the beginning stages of investigating this case.

"To be frank I don't necessarily see a connection at this point but we have to delve into what the assertions are," Perry said.

Perry said his team will have to go through the entire investigation file which includes more than 20,000 pages and contains evidence such as audio recordings and wiretaps. Perry did not elaborate on when, why, or how investigators tapped Turner's phone.

Perry's job will be to clear Turner's name.

"I've found him to be nothing but a good person, and he's involved in something he wants his name clear of," Perry said.

Turner's next court case is set for March 19.

Wright's ex-wife, Sherra Wright, has also been arrested and charged with the same murder.

Sherra Wright was extradited from California back to Memphis and hired high-profile attorneys Steve Farese, Jr. and Blake Ballin to represent her.

Sherra Wright will be back in court February 26, but the judge in her case said he wanted to see both she and Turner in court.

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