Lorenzen Wright’s accused killer appears in court, sparking outburst

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Lorenzen Wright's mother yelled at her son's accused killer during a court appearance Thursday morning.

Billy R. Turner walked into a Shelby County courtroom for a brief arraignment. Turner was indicted Tuesday on first-degree murder charges in the 2010 slaying of Wright, a local NBA basketball star.

Deborah Marion questioned her son's accused killer as family huddled together, held hands and clutched a picture of the former NBA star.

"How could you have murdered my son? That's what I want to know. Just how?" Marion said as she stood up from the gallery.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - 1996: Lorenzen Wright #55 of the Los Angeles Clippers poses with Head Coach Bill Fitch in this circa 1996 photo at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1996 NBAE (Photo by NBA Photos/NBAE via Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JUNE 26, 1996: Lorenzen Wright talks on the phone after he was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers on June 26, 1996 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1996 NBAE (Photo by NBA Photos/NBAE via Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - 1997: Lorenzen Wright #55 of the Los Angeles Clippers rests against the Sacramento Kings during a game circa 1997 at Arco Arena in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1995 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - 1997: Lorenzen Wright #55 of the Los Angeles Clippers dunks during a game in Circa 1997 at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1997 NBAE (Photo by NBA Photos/NBAE via Getty Images)
29 Jan 1999: Lorenzen Wright #55 of the Los Angeles Clippers jumps to make a basket during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California. The Lakers defeated the Clippers 107-76. Mandatory Credit: Todd Warshaw /Allsport
1 Oct 2001: Lorenzen Wright #42 of the Memphis Grizzlies poses for a studio portrait on Media Day in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: It is expressly understood that the only rights Allsport are offering to license in this Photograph are one-time, non-exclusive editorial rights. No advertising or commercial uses of any kind may be made of Allsport photos. User acknowledges that it is aware that Allsport is an editorial sports agency and that NO RELEASES OF ANY TYPE ARE OBTAINED from the subjects contained in the photographs.Mandatory Credit: Andy Hayt /NBAE/Getty Images
24 Oct 2001: Forward Lorenzen Wright #42 of the Memphis Grizzlies shoots a free throw during the pre-season game against the Sacramento Kings at Arco Arena in Sacramento, California. The Kings defeated the Grizzlies 107-94. User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: Copyright 2001 NBAE Mandatory Credit: Rocky Widner /NBAE/Getty Images
9 DEC 2001: Lorenzen Wright of the Memphis Grizzlies shows his new 'Bobblehead doll' to a young fan during the Grizzlies Holiday Toy Drive at the Adams Mark Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. Digital Image NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2001/NBAE/Getty Images Mandatory Credit: Joe Murphy/NBAE/Getty Images
13 APR 2002: Lorenzen Wright #42 of the Memphis Grizzlies signs his game jersey for a winning fan after a game against the San Antonio Spurs at the Pyramid in Memphis, Tennessee. Digital Image NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that,by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2002/NBAE/Getty Images Mandatory Credit: Joe Murphy/NBAE/Getty Images
MEMPHIS, TN - SEPTEMBER 30: Forward Lorenzen Wright #42 of the Memphis Grizzlies poses for a studio portrait during the Grizzlies Media Day on September 30, 2002 at the Pyramid Arena in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: Copyright NBAE 2002 (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE/Getty Images)
MEMPHIS - OCTOBER 19: Lorenzen Wright #42 of the Memphis Grizzlies signs autographs before the preseason game against the Chicago Bulls on October 19, 2002 at The Pyramid in Memphis, Tennessee. The Grizzlies won 123-99. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: Copyright NBAE 2002 (Photo by: Joe Murphy/NBAE/Getty Images)
DALLAS - DECEMBER 14: Lorenzen Wright #42 of the Memphis Grizzlies goes up for the shot as Shawn Bradley #44 of the Dallas Mavericks blocks from behind during the game at American Airlines Center on December 14, 2002 in Dallas, Texas. The Mavericks defeated the Grizzlies 104-87. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: Copyright 2002 NBAE (Photo by: Glenn James/NBAE/Getty Images)
MEMPHIS, TN - JANUARY 29: Drew Gooden and Lorenzen Wright of the Memphis Grizzlies pose in front of Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion while wearing Elvis' 'TCB' sunglasses on January 29, 2003 in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 30: Portrait of Lorenzen Wright #42 of the Memphis Grizzlies during the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on March 30, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. The Clippers defeated the Grizzlies 102-100. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: Copyright 2003 NBAE (Photo by: Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 24: Lorenzen Wright #42 of the Memphis Grizzlies laughs during the game against the Orlando Magic at TD Waterhouse Centre on March 24, 2003 in Orlando, Florida. The Grizzlies won 110-104. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Copyright 2003 NBAE (Photo by Gary Bassing/NBAE/Getty Images)
MEMPHIS, TN - APRIL 4: Lorenzen Wright #42 of the Memphis Grizzlies talks to his teammate Jason Williams #2 during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at The Pyramid on April 4, 2003 in Memphis, Tennessee. The Lakers won 102-101. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2003 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
MEMPHIS - DECEMBER 9: Lorenzen Wright of the Memphis Grizzlies poses for a photo with a young fan during the Memphis Grizzlies Toy Drive December 9, 2003 at the Park Vista Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
MEMPHIS, TN - JANUARY 3: Lorenzen Wright #42 of the Memphis Grizzlies dunks against the Orlando Magic during NBA action January 3, 2004 at the Pyramid Arena in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO - APRIL 17: Lorenzen Wright #42 of the Memphis Grizzlies shoots a free throw during Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the San Antonio Spurs at the SBC Center on April 17, 2004 in San Antonio, Texas. The Spurs won 98-74. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
MEMPHIS, TN - OCTOBER 15: Mike Miller, Lorenzen Wright and Pau Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies pose with students during a Read to Achieve event at FedexForum on October 15, 2004 in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2004 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
MEMPHIS- NOVEMBER 12: Lorenzen Wright #42 and Bonzi Wells #6 of the Memphis Grizzlies have a laugh on the bench during a game against the Golden State Warriors at Fedex Forum on Novemeber 12, 2004 in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2004 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
MEMPHIS - JANUARY 15: Lorenzen Wright #42 of the Memphis Grizzlies is seen on the court during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at FedEx Forum on January 15, 2005 in Memphis, Tennessee. The Grizzlies won 101-82. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2005 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS - FEBRUARY 13: Lorenzen Wright #42 of the Memphis Grizzlies rests during the game against the Indiana Pacers on February 13, 2005 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Pacers won 76-73. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2005 NBAE (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - MARCH 24: Lorenzen Wright #42 of the Memphis Grizzlies prepares to shoot a free throw against the New Jersey Nets during their game on March 24, 2005 at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Grizzlies won 105-96. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2005 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
MEMPHIS, TN - APRIL 29: Lorenzen Wright #42 of the Memphis Grizzlies answers questions during a post-game interview after Game three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Phoenix Suns during the 2005 NBA Playoffs at FedExForum on April 29, 2005 in Memphis, Tennessee. The Suns defeated the Grizzlies 110-90. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2005 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
MEMPHIS, TN - OCTOBER 8: Lorenzen Wright #42 of the Memphis Grizzlies laughs during the Memphis Grizzlies Open Practice October 8, 2005 at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2005 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
MEMPHIS, TN - DECEMBER 2: Lorenzen Wright #42 of the Memphis Grizzlies enters the building before a game against the Orlando Magic on December 2, 2005 at FedexForum in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2005 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
MEMPHIS, TN - MARCH 28: Eddie Jones #6 of the Memphis Grizzlies stands near his teammate Lorenzen Wright #42 during the game against the Seattle Sonics on March 28, 2006 at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. The Sonics won 98-97. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloaDing and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2006 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Lorenzen Wright #42 of the Atlanta Hawks smiles during the game against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on February 11, 2007 in Oakland, California. The Hawks won 106-105. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2007 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
ATLANTA - OCTOBER 1: Lorenzen Wright #42 of the Atlanta Hawks poses for a portrait during NBA Media Day at Philips Arena on October 1, 2007 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the term and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2007 NBAE (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)
MEMPHIS - JANUARY 13: Lorenzen Wright #55 of the Cleveland Cavalier rests on the court during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies on January 13, 2009 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. The Cavaliers won 102-87. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND - FEBRUARY 11: Lorenzen Wright #55 of the Cleveland Cavaliers smiles during warm ups before the game against the Phoenix Suns on February 11, 2009 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers won 109-92. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
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While Judge Lee Coffee sympathized with the pain Marion has endured over the last seven years, he admonished her from the courtroom for the outburst.

Judge Coffee told the heartbroken mother that he knows how she feels, because his father was killed as well.

"I understand and I apologize to the court, but I just keep thinking premeditated," said Marion.

"That's what he has been indicted for Ms. Wright. He's been indicted for first-degree premeditated killing, and as you heard me tell Mr. Turner, that carries either life in prison, life without the possibility of parole or the death penalty," said Judge Coffee.

Wright's family was too emotional to speak after the court hearing.

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MEMPHIS, TN - AUGUST 4: A general view of FedExForum during a memorial service honoring the life of Lorenzen Wright on August 4, 2010 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
MEMPHIS, TN - AUGUST 4: Shamar Wright, son of Lorenzen Wright, mourns during a memorial service honoring the life of Lorenzen Wright on August 4, 2010 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
MEMPHIS, TN - AUGUST 4: Louise Vassar, grandmother of Lorenzen Wright mourns while touching the casket during a memorial service honoring the life of Lorenzen Wright on August 4, 2010 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
MEMPHIS, TN - AUGUST 4: Family members visit the casket during a memorial service honoring the life of Lorenzen Wright on August 4, 2010 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
MEMPHIS, TN - AUGUST 4: Elliot Perry, minority owner of the Memphis Grizzlies speaks during a memorial service honoring the life of Lorenzen Wright on August 4, 2010 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
MEMPHIS, TN - AUGUST 4: Sherra Wright, ex-wife of Lorenzen Wright and Herbert Wright Sr., father of Lorenzen Wright sit during a memorial service honoring the life of Lorenzen Wright on August 4, 2010 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
MEMPHIS, TN - AUGUST 4: Members of the local YMCA attend a memorial service honoring the life of Lorenzen Wright on August 4, 2010 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
MEMPHIS, TN - AUGUST 4: A.C. Wharton, Mayor of Memphis, speaks to the crowd during a memorial service honoring the life of Lorenzen Wright on August 4, 2010 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
MEMPHIS, TN - AUGUST 4: Sherra Wright, ex-wife of Lorenzen Wright, cries during a memorial service honoring the life of Lorenzen Wright on August 4, 2010 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
MEMPHIS, TN - OCTOBER 27: The Memphis Grizzlies remember former player Lorenzen Wright through a moment of silence before their opening night game against the Atlanta Hawks October 27, 2010 at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Paul Hagerman, with the Shelby County District Attorney's office is working on the case.

"The family has been suffering through this for seven years, so they're the ones with obviously a lot of feelings in the courtroom today," said D.A. Hagerman.

In just one week, Wright's family will once again face Turner in court. Today, Judge Coffee gave Turner more time to look into a private attorney.

As for Turner's family, several people were in court on his behalf.

Turner did not enter a plea. The case was continued until Dec. 12.

Turner, 46, was arrested Tuesday morning at the Express Mart on Highway 72 in Collierville and is being held on a $1 million bond.

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