Police have arrested a 46-year-old man and charged him with first-degree murder in the case of the 2010 killing of former National Basketball Association center Lorenzen Wright.
Wright, a pro basketball star who last played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, was found brutally murdered in Memphis, Tennessee, in July 2010.
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 retired in 2009 with a career average of 8.0 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.
"He was a young man who never forgot who he was, where he came from, the values that shaped him and the people who encouraged him along the way", then-Memphis mayor A.C. Wharton said at the time, per The Commercial Appeal. She also claims to have overheard her ex-husband on the phone telling someone that he was going to "flip something for $110,000". Wright departed her home around 10:30 p.m. with drugs and an unspecified amount of money and left in a vehicle driven by an unidentified person.
In the early morning of July 19, a police dispatcher in the suburb of Germantown received a call from Wright's cellphone. 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.
Wright's mother filed a missing-person report with Collierville police on July 22, 2010.
Wright's body was found in a field near some woods in the height of summer, complicating the investigation because evidence had likely deteriorated in the heat.
The corpse was badly decomposed, weighing 57 pounds. Wright had at least five gunshot wounds to his body, two to the head, two to the chest, and one to the right forearm.