The Journal Gazette
Thursday, October 03, 2019 6:25 pm

Defendant found not guilty in coach's 2017 shooting death

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette
Allen County jurors on Thursday found a Fort Wayne man not guilty in the 2017 shooting death of a popular assistant football coach and elementary school administrative assistant.

Miles was killed May 19, 2017, outside East Central Towers, an apartment complex east of downtown. 

Henry E. Underwood, 25, was charged with murder, felony murder and attempted robbery.  Jurors acquitted him of each after about 5 1/2 hours of deliberation.

Jaevin Bowie, 23, was with Underwood that night and testified Wednesday he saw Underwood shoot Miles. 

Defense attorneys have argued Bowie killed Miles and lied to investigators. 

Investigators said Bowie and Underwood were "rifling through vehicles" at the complex when Miles emerged from one of the buildings there. Bowie said he heard Miles say he didn't have any money before Underwood shot him. 

Defense attorney Aaron Stoll told jurors in closing arguments no one saw Underwood fire at Miles. Bowie also changed his story several times in interviews with police, Stoll said.

"(We're) thrilled with the verdict," he said.

Allen County Deputy Prosecutor Jeff Stineburg said testimony from other witnesses and surveillance video corroborates Bowie's version of events. 

"Henry saw an opportunity to rob someone," Stineburg said. "He killed (Miles)."

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