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Saturday, June 03, 2017 1:00 am

Charge dropped in Miles slaying

Prosecutor says probe continues

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

A criminal charge against one of two men arrested in last month's shooting death of a popular football coach was dropped Friday, but could be reinstated, a prosecutor said.

Jaevin Bowie, 20, of the 2200 block of Hobson Road, was arrested Thursday and charged with assisting a criminal who committed murder.

On Friday, Allen Superior Court Magistrate David M. Zent granted the prosecution's request to drop the charge. 

“Charges were withdrawn so we could complete further investigation,” Allen County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Michael McAlexander said.

Fort Wayne police identified Henry Eshon Underwood and Bowie as suspects in Terrance Miles' slaying. Underwood and Bowie were identified in surveillance photos the night of the killing, police said.

Miles, 36, an administrative assistant at Forest Park Elementary and assistant football coach at North Side High School, was found by police early May 19 near East Washington Boulevard and Francis Street, not far from his East Berry Street home. He was shot to death and his death was ruled the 11th of 11 homicides this year in Allen County.

Underwood, 23, was picked up late Wednesday during a traffic stop and charged with being a felon carrying a handgun and misdemeanor false informing.

Underwood gave a false name when police asked him to identify himself. Officers also found a purple Cobra .380-caliber handgun with a round in the magazine under the front passenger seat in the car where Underwood was a passenger in the back seat, court documents said.

Underwood, who has not been formally charged in Miles' slaying, is expected to appear in court Tuesday or Wednesday on the handgun charge, McAlexander said. Underwood was being held at the Allen County Jail without bail because of a parole violation stemming from a 2014 charge of corrupt business influence.

Asked whether Underwood would be charged in Miles' homicide, McAlexander said, “The death of Mr. Miles is under investigation.” 

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