Person questioned in coach’s death ordered released

Henry Eshon Underwood

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A man once considered a suspect in the shooting death of a Fort Wayne Community Schools educator and coach in May 2017 has been released from custody.

An Allen Superior Court judge on Friday ordered Henry E. Underwood released from custody because state law requires defendants be brought to trial within six months. Underwood was arrested during a traffic stop in early June on and charged with false informing and carrying a firearm with a prior felony conviction. He’s still scheduled to stand trial on those charges in April.

Prosecutors said they are waiting on DNA testing results to return in order to proceed with the case.

Ironically, as Underwood was released, the man charged with Terrance Miles’ death – 21-year-old Jaevin Eugene Bowie – was arrested Thursday in Biloxi, Mississippi. Bowie faces a murder charge for the killing of Miles.

Investigators had linked Underwood and Bowie to the killing and had asked for the public’s help in finding the two. Police released photos of the two that showed them in the area of the killing when it took place and both were considered suspects.

The Allen County Prosecutor’s Office has not filed charges against Underwood in connection with the killing of Miles, who was gunned down around 12:15 a.m. that mid-May morning near a parking lot entrance to East Central Towers apartments, along East Washington Boulevard just east of downtown Fort Wayne.

A police officer checking on a 911 call about gunshots in the 900 block of Francis Street found his body in a grassy area on Francis Street about 100 feet north of East Washington Boulevard.

After Miles’ death, the community mourned the 36-year-old, who was an active youth mentor and coach in the city. Miles coached football at North Side High School and with Metro Youth Sports basketball and football teams. The father of two also mentored kids at the Boys and Girls Clubs.