FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – Henry Underwood was found not guilty on Thursday.
Underwood was charged with murder, felony murder, robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, and using a firearm for the shooting death of Terrance Miles in May of 2017.
Miles was an assistant football coach at North Side High School. Police say he had exited his brother’s East Central Towers apartment to take out the trash when he was shot and killed.
Fort Wayne’s NBC reporter, Jeff Neumeyer said family members of Miles were livid when they learned the verdict. Most were outside the courthouse when the announcement was made.
Only three relatives were allowed to remain inside after hours, as deliberations extended past 4:30 p.m.
Shirley Miles expressed anger about her family being asked to leave as they waited for the verdict.
“I felt like we were being treated unjust,” Shirley said. “As far as following the court house rules, no one had to say anything to us, so why is it that all of our support have to exit the court room at 4:30?”
The key witness in the case was Jaevin Bowie, who testified he was with Underwood at the time of the shooting. Bowie pleaded guilty to lesser charges and told the jury he had personally wiped clean and disposed of the weapon used in the shooting.
Police say his story, however, changed at times during the investigation. Defense attorneys pointed to those inconsistencies to cast doubt on Bowie’s credibility as a witness.
Bill Lebrato, the defense attorney who represented Underwood, said the decision was in the jury’s hands.
“Mr. Miles had extended family and friends and they were very upset, but the jury made their decision. Both sides argued the best they could, but ultimately it’s a jury decision,” Lebrato said.
After the verdict came down, members of the Miles family expressed their anger towards Lebrato as he exited the courthouse. Lebrato said he understands their reactions.
“Obviously a great man who did a lot for the community was killed, so emotions are going to run high and everyone understands that,” Lebrato said.
A best friend of Miles, Chad Murdock said he was speechless when the verdict came down.
“I’m not angry I’m just disappointed about how this all turned out…loss for words.” Murdock said
For the Miles family, they said they need to heal.