The 901: Billy Ray Turner sentenced to life in prison in Lorenzen Wright murder case

Defendant Billy Ray Turner makes an appearance in Judge Lee Coffee's courtroom Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. Turner is charged with killing NBA star Lorenzen Wright.
Defendant Billy Ray Turner makes an appearance in Judge Lee Coffee's courtroom Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. Turner is charged with killing NBA star Lorenzen Wright.

Good morning, Memphis, where it looks like we’ll have another hot and dry week — with little to no chance of rain. 

But, first, Billy Ray Turner was sentenced Friday to life in prison, plus 25 additional years, for killing former NBA star Lorenzen Wright, our Lucas Finton reports.

Wright was killed in Summer 2010 after being shot multiple times. He was 34-years-old when he died and the case has since become a point of interest in the sports community.

Lorenzen Wright's ex-wife, Sherra Wright, lost a parole bid in May. She's serving a 30-year sentence for her role in orchestrating the killing of the former University of Memphis basketball star.

New businesses expected to open in Germantown

Crumbl Cookies owner Sam Hiatt at his first Memphis on S. Mendenhall road Tuesday July 6, 2021.
Crumbl Cookies owner Sam Hiatt at his first Memphis on S. Mendenhall road Tuesday July 6, 2021.

New businesses are coming to Germantown to fill empty storefronts and lots, our Dima Amro reports in her story for subscribers.

Size-inclusive clothing, sweets and savory breakfast foods are among the offerings from these new businesses.

Dima gives us a sneak peak at five new places to look for as they begin to open in Germantown this year.

What to know about Yo Gotti’s Birthday Bash

Moneybagg Yo performs during his "A Gangsta's Pain"  Birthday Edition concert at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021.
Moneybagg Yo performs during his "A Gangsta's Pain" Birthday Edition concert at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021.

This Friday, Memphis rapper Yo Gotti’s annual Birthday Bash returns to FedExFourm after two years of cancelation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’ve been patiently waiting to get back on that Birthday Bash stage and put on a show for the fans," Gotti said in a statement to The Commercial Appeal. "Birthday Bash is more than just a celebration of Memphis — it’s my way of showing love and appreciation to the city that supported me as a person, artist and entrepreneur."

Ahead of the the Yo Gotti and Friends: Birthday Bash 8, our Bob Mehr gives us all the information we need to know.

Grizzlies ‘making calls’ to improve roster

Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. walks off the court after their 142-112 loss to the Golden State Warriors in game three of the second round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at Chase Center on Saturday, May 7, 2022.
Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. walks off the court after their 142-112 loss to the Golden State Warriors in game three of the second round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at Chase Center on Saturday, May 7, 2022.

Memphis Grizzlies general manager Zach Kleiman talked about how the team will operate with a controlled aggression regarding further roster moves Friday, our Damichael Cole reports.

“We’re making calls,” Kleiman said. “If there’s opportunities where we can make the team better within our culture, we’re going to be very aggressive. But we’re not just going to go out and do something just to do it.”

As for Jaren Jackson Jr.’s injury that will sideline him for the beginning of the season, the Grizzlies aren’t too concerned and expect him to return fully healthy to be a major contributor this season.

Damichael gives us more updates regarding the Grizzlies' roster and what we know about Jackson’s injury updates.

The 901 is written by Ray Padilla, digital producer for The Commercial Appeal. He can be reached at raymond.padilla@commercialappeal.comor on Twitter at @Ray_Padilla_.

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