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Tuesday, January 07, 2020 1:00 am

Acquitted man faces gun charge

Was accused of killing coach

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

The man acquitted of the murder of a popular football coach faces more legal trouble after authorities say he shot at a house and injured someone inside, according to court documents filed Monday.

Henry Eshon Underwood, 25, was formally charged with being a felon carrying a handgun and felony criminal recklessness. He is accused of firing a gun at a residence in the 3900 block of South Monroe Street on the city's south side about 8:20 p.m. Dec. 30.

Fort Wayne police officers found four shell casings and gunfire damage outside the home and a spent round inside the house, court documents said.

A person inside the residence, identified only as a male, suffered a small cut on his right calf. He told police that two people – including a man with a handgun in his coat – knocked on the front door before the gunfire, an argument ensued and the door was shut, court documents said.

“Victim 1 stated that a short time later he looked outside of the window and saw the same male and female that was at the door still standing on the sidewalk,” court documents said. “Victim 1 stated that while inside he heard gunfire, and then realized that he was shot.”

Underwood was arrested on a charge of being a felon carrying a handgun during a traffic stop less than two hours after the shooting, according to court documents. The documents allege police found a loaded handgun underneath the front passenger seat, where Underwood was sitting.

He was previously convicted for corrupt business influence, court documents said. It's against the law for convicted felons to possess handguns.

Underwood, noted as homeless in court documents, was acquitted in October of the May 19, 2017, murder and robbery of Terrance Miles, 36. Miles was an administrative assistant at Forest Park Elementary School and an assistant football coach at North Side High School.

Police found Miles near East Washington Boulevard and Francis Street, not far from his East Berry Street home.

Defense attorneys suggested Underwood's companion that evening, Jaevin Bowie, might have shot Miles about midnight as he took out his trash at an apartment complex on Francis Street. 

asloboda@jg.net


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