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Thursday, October 03, 2019 1:00 am

Key witness: Coach killed by defendant

Pleaded to lesser charge to testify

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

Jaevin Bowie said he watched Terrance Miles die May 19, 2017.

Bowie, 23, said Henry Underwood – also known as “Heezy” or “Heezie” – shot the man he knew from the local Boys & Girls Clubs.

“(Miles) mentored me there,” Bowie told jurors in testimony on the second day of Underwood's murder trial in Allen Superior Court.

“He was shot,” he said.

“By who?” Allen County Deputy Prosecutor Jeff Stineburg asked.

“Heezy,” Bowie responded.

Miles, 36, a Forest Park Elementary School administrative assistant and assistant North Side High School football coach, was killed in the parking lot of East Central Towers. Four shots were fired from a .45-caliber handgun, investigators said, and he was struck three times – in the hand, leg and back.

The fatal shot entered Miles' back and damaged his heart and liver, Fort Wayne Police Department crime scene investigator Al Garriott testified.

Bowie, a key witness for prosecutors, said he heard Miles tell Underwood he didn't have any money before shots were fired.

Both Bowie and Underwood had been charged with murder, but Bowie pleaded guilty to lesser charges and agreed to testify against Underwood. Underwood, 25, is charged with murder, felony murder – one committed in the act of another felony – and attempted robbery.

Natasha Moore testified that Bowie lived with her at the apartment complex, and Underwood was there that night, drinking. Court documents allege Underwood “acts very crazy when he drinks.”

“(Underwood was) decent, at first,” Moore said. “He was upset after awhile. After awhile, I told (Bowie) to go calm him down.”

Bowie said he and Underwood left the apartment, and Miles was shot after he emerged from a building, talking on a cellphone and holding a trash bag.

While prosecutors say Bowie's testimony – interrupted once by Underwood, who said Bowie killed Miles – proves Underwood is a killer, defense attorneys argue otherwise. Bowie killed Miles, they said, and lied to investigators about important details such as where he slept after the shooting and who told him to dispose of the murder weapon.

The gun and another handgun were thrown into the apartment's garbage chute.

The trial is expected to end today.

mleblanc@jg.net