Sherra Wright's ex-boyfriend writes tell-all book

The cover of Cownan's book (Source: WMC Action News 5)
The cover of Cownan's book (Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - As Sherra Wright sits inside Jail East awaiting her next court hearing in the murder case of her ex-husband, former NBA player Lorenzen Wright, a tell-all book is headed to store shelves detailing her behavior in the days and months leading up to her arrest.

Kelvin "Six-Four" Cowans, the last man to date Sherra before her arrest, is talking about what he claims she told him about Lorenzen's murder case.

"I don't have a heaven or hell to put her in, but I understand the criminal justice system and they don't just type up paper because they have nothing to do," Cowans said.

Cowans, known as "Six-Four," stands one inch shy of Lorenzen's 6' 5" frame.

Cowans has written a new book entitled "The Whispering Woods of Sherra Wright" that hits bookstores this Saturday.  Cowans said writing the book served as a form of therapy, after he says he went through the five stages of grief following his 2017 break-up with Sherra.

"It's a murder mystery that has haunted the city of Memphis," Cowans explained. "There are facets of the story you'll never hear unless I tell it."

He met Sherra in 2015 while writing an article about Lorenzen's death as a journalist for the New Tri-State Defender newspaper.

"The first time I ever crossed journalistic lines, it was for Sherra Wright," Cowans explained about the written rule that journalists are forbidden from having relationships with their subjects.

"Sherra's very warm. She's funny. She's beautiful," he smiled.

When asked if she could be described as an enchantress, he replied, "That's a very good word."

He says the two moved to Houston, Texas with Sherra and Lorenzen's six children.

He saw her as a basketball mom during that time, and says the topic of Lorenzen was never off-limits, with her always bringing him up during milestones in her childrens' lives. 

"And it was always, 'I wish he was here to see this," he recalled.

During their two-year relationship, he viewed her as a grief-stricken woman.

"She often would pray three or four hours into the night laying in our master closet, pillow, cover, just praying," Cowans said.  He says he would have to come into the closet to bring her to bed, after she would fall asleep there.

More than once, they listened to Lorenzen's 911 call.

"She would always ask me what do I think, what do I hear?  I'd tell her, 'I hear two guns. I hear somebody talking. I hear somebody saying, 'Shoot him.'  I felt like I hear Lorenzen running, and then she would always follow it up with, 'Do you think they'll ever find out who killed him?'"

He remembers seeing Sherra talking to Billy Turner at Sherra's old church in Collierville.  Turner is also charged in Lorenzen's murder.  He was a deacon at Mount Olive #1 Baptist Church where Sherra became a minister after Lorenzen's death.

"After a long length of time, I was like, 'Okay Sherra, we've got to go,' Cowans said. "I was pointing at my watch.  'We've got to get back to Houston.'  She was like, 'Okay," and she left and I just waved at the guy."

He said she didn't like when Lorenzen's dad got about $215,000 from Lorenzen's NBA money.  Cowans said he wanted Sherra to focus on the relationship they were building, but he says she was fixated on the money saying that she wanted to go to court for it.

"She became focused on that check," Cowans said.  "It's like she didn't want Herb (Lorenzen's father) to have it. She thought she and the kids should have it.  I was looking at our picture and what we were trying to do. I just thought it was a bit much."

At some point, he said he couldn't understand her behavior.

"She was unloading things on me: Paperwork, and photos, and letting me in on different things about life insurance and stuff," he recalled.  "I wanted to take those things and present that to the community that loved Lorenzen Wright," he explained about what he put in the book.

After Cowans and Wright broke up and she was in California, he says he got a breaking news alert.  He texted her and then they spoke on the phone about police in Memphis finding the gun that killed Lorenzen.

"I'm like, the police have done this great thing. Right?" Cowans said. "That wasn't her response. It was really melancholy. Like, 'Oh, okay.'"

He also talked with her just three hours before her arrest in Riverside, California before she was extradited to Memphis.

"She felt like there were unmarked cars following her around Riverside and I thought she was paranoid," Cowans said.

Cowans said it has been hard to see Sherra in her jail suits in criminal court.  He recalls how she enjoyed getting "glammed up" to go out while they were dating.  "I know it's hard for her because she was a queen," he added.

Mostly, Cowans says his heart goes out to Sherra's children.

"When you look at the true victims, number one is Lorenzen and then you look at the kids," Cowans said.

Cowans said he will always love Sherra, but he doesn't plan to visit her in jail or go to the court proceedings, and he didn't tell her he was writing the book.

Sherra's attorneys had no comment on "The Whispering Woods of Sherra Wright."

Cowans' book signing is Saturday, March 31, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Crosstown Concourse, located at 1350 Concourse Avenue, Suite 125.

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