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Tuesday, February 06, 2018 1:00 am

Warrant issued for suspect in coach slaying

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

Jaevin E. Bowie, charged in the shooting death of a popular football coach in May, blames a man called “Heezy” for the killing, according to court documents. 

Bowie, 21, is charged with murder in the death of Terrance Miles on May 19 on Francis Street, near Washington Boulevard. Fort Wayne police on Sunday identified him as a suspect in the killing and asked for help to find him.

A warrant has been issued for his arrest. 

Prosecutors filed the murder charge Jan. 19. It is the second time Bowie has been charged in the shooting. 

He was charged with assisting a criminal who committed murder days after Miles was killed. Those charges were dropped so the investigation could be completed, prosecutors said at the time. 

Police also initially named Henry E. Underwood as a suspect in the crime, and he was charged with being a felon in possession of a handgun and misdemeanor false informing. The charges were dropped in June, according to online court records.

A probable cause affidavit says Bowie was with “Heezy” the night Miles, 36, was killed, but he blames the shooting on the other man. 

The two men were rooting through a car to steal items near the East Central Towers apartment complex about midnight when Miles exited the building carrying trash and talking on a cellphone, the affidavit says. Bowie said Miles looked at him as he was walking toward a trash container, he told police.

“Heezy” walked up to Miles and shot him, investigators said.

“He could hear Terrance Miles say man I don't have any money and saw his friend shoot Terrance,” the affidavit signed by Fort Wayne police Officer Darrick M. Engelman says.

Asked the alleged shooter's real name, Bowie told police he didn't know it.

Miles was an assistant football coach at North Side High School and an administrative assistant at Forest Park Elementary School.

Police issued a statement in late May that named Underwood as a suspect. Surveillance photos showed him at the scene, investigators said, and he was arrested after a traffic stop May 31. Bowie was arrested the next day.

It is not clear whether Underwood will be charged in the case. Allen County Prosecutor Karen Richards said Monday she can't comment on pending cases.

Fort Wayne Police Department spokesman Michael Joyner did not respond to messages about whether Underwood is still considered a suspect in the case.

Police arrived at the area where Miles was killed after receiving a phone call about shots fired. They found Miles with gunshot wounds in a grassy area near the apartment building.

Court documents say Bowie and the other man were captured in the area on surveillance cameras, which also showed Bowie tossing two handguns into a garbage chute inside the building. Casings found by investigators at the scene were fired by a .45-caliber handgun found by a maintenance worker at the building, police said.

A woman who is not identified in court documents told police she recognized Bowie from surveillance photos. 

mleblanc@jg.net