Memphis, Tenn. — A former Memphis Police officer has been formally indicted with first-degree murder, according to the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office.
In a press release, the DA’s office said that 29-year-old Patric Ferguson was indicted with one count of first-degree murder as well as especially aggravated kidnapping, tampering with evidence, abuse of a corpse, official misconduct and official oppression.
The charges stem from Jan. 6 when 30-year-old Robert Lee Howard Jr. was reported missing by his girlfriend, according to the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office.
District Attorney Amy Weirich said that Ferguson was soon developed as a suspect and Ferguson eventually admitted to investigators that he went to Howard’s house, abducted him at gunpoint and killed him in the back of his patrol car.
The former officer allegedly later admitted to leaving Howard’s body at one location then convinced 28-year-old Joshua Rogers to help him move the body to another location, Weirich’s office said.
Howard’s body was eventually discovered on Jan. 10.
Rodgers has been indicted on counts of accessory after the fact, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence, according to the Shelby County DA’s office.
He is currently free on a $25,000 bond.
According to the Shelby County District Attorney’s office, Ferguson is being held without bond.
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