Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Arrest Made 7 Years After NBA Player Lorenzen Wright's Murder

Arrest Made 7 Years After NBA Player Lorenzen Wright's Murder

Authorities say a man has been charged in the 2010 slaying of former National Basketball Association player Lorenzen Wright. He was drafted seventh by the Clippers in 1996 and played a total of 13 National Basketball Association seasons for the Clippers, Hawks, Cavaliers, Kings and Grizzlies.

Wright was last seen alive on July 18, 2010 as he left his ex-wife's house.

The case received a boost on November 9 of this year when police in Mississippi found what they suspect to be the murder weapon in a lake about 75 miles southeast of Memphis in Walnut, Mississippi. He had at least five gunshot wounds, but his body was so badly decomposed that it was unclear just how many times he'd been shot. Former NBA players and friends including Anfernee Hardaway and Elliot Perry attended a memorial service for Wright in the days after his body was found. She also says that she overheard him saying on the phone that he was going to "flip something for $110,000", and that she watched him get into a vehicle with someone she was unable to identify. According to a Memphis police affidavit, Robinson Wright told police that her ex-husband made a phone call in which he said he was going to "flip something for $110,000". Though the call reportedly included sounds of apparent gunshots, the dispatcher did not send any emergency personnel and only let a supervisor know about the suspicious call days later.

Dispatchers said they didn't alert patrol officers or commanders because they couldn't confirm it came from their jurisdiction.

Wright had called 911 on the night of the killing looking for help, but authorities were unable to pinpoint the location of the call or where the crime was committed.

A few days after that, Wright's mother filed a missing-persons report. His corpse weighed 57 pounds. An autopsy report showed bullet fragments were lodged in Wright's skull, chest and right forearm.

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