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Thursday, February 13, 2020 1:00 am

Man seeks lower bond in recklessness case

Accused of shooting into home

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

A judge could decide Friday whether to lower the bond amount for a man accused of shooting into a house in December, injuring someone inside.

Henry Underwood, 26, is charged with criminal recklessness and being a felon carrying a handgun with a prior felony conviction – both Level 5 felonies punishable by up to six years in prison if he is convicted. Police say he fired shots Dec. 30 into a home in the 3900 block of South Monroe Street.

A man inside suffered a small cut, investigators said.

Underwood had been charged in an unrelated case with murder in the 2017 shooting death of a man at an apartment complex east of downtown, but jurors acquitted him of the crime in October.

He is being held at the Allen County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail, and defense attorney Robert Gevers asks in court documents filed last week for a reduced amount.

Underwood has “family ties to the community,” “would submit to any reporting and supervision conditions” set by the court and “would present an extremely low risk to the community,” a two-page motion for bond reduction said.

The document does not specify a bond amount.

A court hearing is scheduled Friday.

Prosecutors in January sought a high bond amount, telling a judge in court documents Underwood “presents a flight risk and/or a risk to show disdain for the court's authority.” He has failed to appear for at least two court hearings in the past, they said, and a video posted to Facebook shows Underwood saying, “I'm only going to be in town for a few days.”

Underwood also refused to comply with a court order for a DNA sample, prosecutors said. 

A witness told investigators Underwood, also known as Heezy, and a woman were sent to kill him, according to a probable cause affidavit. Four 9 mm shell casings were found in front of the home on South Monroe Street “along with gunfire damage to the front of the residence and a fired round inside the residence,” the sworn statement said. 

A 9 mm Ruger handgun was later found under the passenger seat of an SUV Underwood was riding in, police said. 

In the other case, Underwood was charged in the May 19, 2017, shooting death of Terrance Miles, 36, at East Central Towers. Defense attorneys argued a man with Underwood that night – Jaevin Bowie – might have killed Miles. Jurors found Underwood not guilty after the three-day trial.

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