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Saturday, February 17, 2018 1:00 am

Fugitive in slaying arrested in Mississippi

Charged in coach's death; other suspect out of jail

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

Fort Wayne police announced Friday the arrest of a local man wanted in the death of Terrance Miles, a popular coach and Fort Wayne Community Schools administrative assistant, gunned down in May.

U.S. marshals in Biloxi, Mississippi, arrested Jaevin Eugene Bowie, 21, on Thursday, who was charged with Miles' slaying Jan. 19.

Another man Fort Wayne police named as a suspect in Miles' death, Henry Eshon Underwood, 23, was released Friday from the Allen County Jail on charges stemming from a traffic stop May 31. Those charges are being a felon carrying a handgun with a prior felony conviction and a misdemeanor for false informing.

Court records indicate that Underwood has a jury trial on those charges scheduled for April 11-12. He was released under Indiana criminal rule 4, which states that defendants held in jail must be brought to trial before the end of six months or be released pending trial.

No formal charges have been filed against Underwood in Miles' slaying, Robyn Niedzwiecki, chief of staff at the Allen County prosecutor's office, wrote in an email response Friday. The office is waiting for DNA results on the handgun case, she added.

Both Bowie and Underwood were identified in surveillance photos the night Miles was killed, police said.

In the days following Miles' death May 19, Bowie was initially charged with assisting a criminal who committed murder, but those charges were dropped so the investigation could be completed, prosecutors said at the time.

In Bowie's probable cause affidavit, Bowie blamed Underwood, whom he called “Heezy,” for shooting Miles to death around midnight.

He said the two of them were going through a car looking for items to steal when Miles, 36, an assistant football coach at North Side, came out of the East Central Towers apartments at Francis Street and East Washington Boulevard talking on his cellphone and taking out the trash.

Bowie said Miles looked at him and then “Heezy” went up and shot him. Miles apparently told “Heezy” that he didn't have any money before getting shot and killed, court documents said.

Surveillance video also shows Bowie tossing two handguns into a garbage chute inside the apartment buildings, police said.

Casings found by investigators at the scene were fired by a .45-caliber handgun, which a maintenance worker found at the building, police said.

jduffy@jg.net