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Friday, July 13, 2018 1:00 am

Murder, other counts filed in coach's death

Suspect nabbed at traffic stop

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

Police on Thursday arrested a man accused of shooting to death a popular football coach last year.

Henry E. Underwood, 24, is charged with murder, felony murder and attempted robbery, Allen County Prosecutor Karen Richards said. The charges also include a firearms enhancement.

Terrance Miles, 36, was killed May 19, 2017, on Francis Street, near Washington Boulevard. An assistant football coach at North Side High School and administrative assistant at Forest Park Elementary, he was found by police with gunshot wounds in a grassy area near the East Central Towers apartment complex after they were called about shots fired.

Underwood was arrested after a traffic stop Thursday afternoon, Fort Wayne Police Department spokesman Michael Joyner said.

“Terrance Miles was a well-respected person in the community,” he said. “Through the investigative process, we feel we have the individual responsible (for his death).”

The arrest comes after Jaevin Bowie, 21, pleaded guilty this week to felony counts of assisting a criminal and attempted theft. He had been charged with murder.

Bowie agreed to cooperate with prosecutors, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Both men were named suspects in the killing early in the investigation. A statement from police days after Miles was killed said surveillance photos taken from the crime scene showed Bowie and Underwood.

The affidavit says Bowie admitted to police he was with “Heezie” or “Heezy” – a man witnesses identified as Underwood – the night of the shooting.

Bowie and another witness allegedly said they were drinking and that Underwood “acts crazy” when he's drinking.

Bowie and Underwood were rooting through cars to steal items near the apartment complex when Miles emerged from the building, carrying trash and talking on a cellphone, court documents allege.

Police said Bowie told investigators in an interview that Underwood walked up to Miles and shot him several times. Surveillance video shows Bowie moving toward a trash chute at the building, where he told police two guns were discarded, court documents say.

Investigators found the guns, one of which they said matched the caliber of the gun that was used in the shooting.

Underwood was arrested after a traffic stop May 31, 2017, and was later charged with being a felon in possession of a handgun and false informing. Bowie was arrested a day later and was charged with assisting a criminal who committed murder.

Bowie's initial charges were dropped so the investigation could be completed, prosecutors said at the time. He was charged with murder in January and arrested in February by U.S. marshals in Biloxi, Mississippi.

mleblanc@jg.net