Former Memphis Police officer formally indicted for murder, DA’s office says

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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According to the Shelby County District Attorney’s office, Ferguson is being held without bond.