Former Memphis police officer charged with murder, kidnapping pleads not guilty

WATCH: Former Memphis police officer charged with murder, kidnapping pleads not guilty

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Patric Ferguson, the former Memphis police officer charged with kidnapping and murdering Robert Howard, has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Ferguson’s next hearing is scheduled for Feb. 4.

Court records say Ferguson, 29, kidnapped Howard from outside his home and shot and killed him inside his patrol car while on duty.

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Ferguson allegedly collaborated with a friend, Joshua Rogers, 28, to hide Howard’s body and cover up the crime.

Ferguson is being held in the Shelby County Jail without bond.

Rogers is charged with abuse of a corpse, accessory after the fact and tampering with or fabricating evidence. He was released Sunday on $25,000 bail.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland previously told FOX13 that police had video of the killing, and that Ferguson confessed.

The motive for Howard’s killing is unclear. Howard’s mother wrote on a GoFundMe page for funeral expenses that her son was a father of three.

Watch an interview with Ferguson’s attorney, Lauren Fuchs, below:

Former MPD officer Patric Ferguson's attorney speaks about his plea of not guilty