Man charged in coach’s murder claims innocence, blames key witness

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — The man police say is responsible for the shooting death of a North Side High School coach filed a motion in court claiming that the key witness in the case is actually the one who committed the crime.

Fort Wayne’s NBC previously reported Henry Underwood, 24, is 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.

An accomplice in the case, Jaevin Eugene Bowie, 21, took a plea deal in July for lesser charges in the Miles case, admitting to assisting a criminal and attempted theft.

In court Thursday, Underwood filed a handwritten note claiming that Bowie had lied to detectives. Underwood claims that he did not commit the crime, and requested that the court dismiss the case.

A portion of the note, which contains several grammatical errors, reads as follows:

“Javin Bowie told multiple lies trying to convince the detectives I murder Mr. Miles but play close attention he got caught in his lies.

I didn’t say none in the interview room. One I didn’t wanna be label a snitch. Two that’s yall job to figure out who commited the murder. Third Javin Bowie trick me an told me not to tell yall what he had done. Told me not to say none. Him in his uncle who a detective planned to put everything on me.”

Underwood ends the note claiming that he is innocent, and says that he hopes ‘Javin man up for what he done so I can go home.’

Henry Underwood is scheduled to appear in court for a pretrial conference on July 23. His jury trial is scheduled for August 27-30.

Read the note in full here: 

Jazlynn Bebout

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