Henry Underwood released from jail after acquittal
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) - A Fort Wayne man acquitted in the murder of a popular coach was released from jail Friday afternoon.
Henry 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.
ABC21 reporter Jeff Neumeyer said family members of Miles were “livid” when they learned of the verdict. Most were outside the courthouse when the announcement was made.
Only three relatives were permitted to remain inside after hours, as deliberations extended past 4:30 p.m.
Miles’s Aunt, Shirley Miles expressed anger about her family being asked to leave.
“I felt like we were being treated unjustly. As far as following the courthouse rules, no one had to say anything to us, so why is it that all of our supporters have to exit the courtroom at 4:30?” Shirley said.
Miles was an assistant football coach at North Side High School. He had exited his brother’s East Central Towers apartment to take out the trash when he was shot and killed.
The key witness in the case was Jaevin Bowie, who testified that he was with Underwood at the time of the shooting. Bowie pleaded guilty to lesser charges and told the jury that he had personally wiped clean and disposed of the weapon used in the shooting.
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.
Miles’s best friend, 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.
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