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Man linked to shooting death of North Side coach pleads guilty to lesser charges

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – A Fort Wayne man connected to the shooting death of a North Side High School coach pleaded guilty to lesser charges. 

Jaevin Eugene Bowie, 21, was charged in the murder of Terrance Miles who was gunned down in the 900 block of Francis Street outside the East Central Towers on May 19, 2017. He was also facing a gun charge. 

But earlier this week, he pleaded guilty to lesser charges. 

Bowie admitted to assisting a criminal and attempted theft, and his sentencing hearing is set for Sept. 18, according to online court records.  

Those charges call for 8 1/2 years max, and the plea deal calls for Bowie to cooperate with investigators. 

Police at the time of the shooting also named Henry Underwood as a suspect and preliminarily charged with murder, but that charge was dropped. 

Underwood is facing charges unrelated to the Miles case following a police chase. 

Shortly after the death of the North Side High School assistant football coach, police released surveillance photos showing Henry Underwood, wearing red, and Bowie next to him.

At the time, police said Underwood was the killer and Bowie an accomplice.

Initial court documents show Bowie turned himself in and met with detectives a few days after the shooting.

The papers show he changed his story several times, finally admitting he and another man were getting into parked cars when Miles walked by carrying his trash while on his phone.

Court papers say Bowie told detectives when Miles and his friend made eye contact, Miles told him he didn’t have any money, and his friend shot him.

The court documents say surveillance video later shows Bowie dumping something down the same garbage shoot where the murder weapon was found.

Miles’ family talked to Fort Wayne’s NBC a week after he was shot and killed outside of the East Central Towers apartment complex. 

"It is sad not having him, but as long as I know I have him in my heart then I’m fine," said Miles’ daughter Nyla Nelson.

"I just want justice. That’s all I want right now. That’s my one wish. One wish is just to get justice for my dad," said Nelson.

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