Convicted sex offender charged with murder of 69-year-old woman

Sherlain Rowe (L) was found murdered in Whitehaven, according to MPD. (Source: Family)
Sherlain Rowe (L) was found murdered in Whitehaven, according to MPD. (Source: Family)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A convicted sex offender is in jail, charged with killing a 69-year-old woman who was found dead in April.

On April 19, officers went to the Whitehaven home of Sherlain Rowe for a welfare check. When they arrived, she was found dead and covered in blood. Officers said she had been dead for more than a day.

Officers later determined that she was killed by blunt force trauma to the head and body and strangulation.

Police later determined next door neighbor Terrance Wilks-Brown, 44, was a suspect in the homicide.

The victim's family said his arrest is a big relief for them.

"It's a big relief, a big relief," the victim's brother Percy Porter said.

Porter said he's now more at peace knowing Brown is back behind bars for killing his sister.

"I feel a lot more comfortable knowing that he's on lockdown," Porter said. "You just can't kill people at your desire. That's not right."

Brown admitted to getting into a fight with Rowe on April 17, pushing her to the ground when he said she hit her head on the floor.

Police said Brown left the home without telling anyone of the incident.

He is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated burglary and remains in jail on $25,000 bond.

Brown has a long, violent criminal history. Police said Brown is also a convicted violent sex offender.

Court documents show he was convicted or rape of a child in July 1994 and was placed on Tennessee's sex offender registry. He's also been arrested on charges of violation of sex offender registry, public intoxication, and aggravated burglary.

Last month, a 17-year-old girl told police Brown tried forcing his way inside her home. She identified him through a lineup.

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