MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Former Memphis Police Officer Patrick Furgeson made his first appearance before a judge and he will again in just a couple of days once he’s given time to hire an attorney.
“Mr. Ferguson you’re charged with first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping, tampering with or fabricating evidence in a criminal case,” said Judge Louis J. Montesi.
Ferguson appeared over Zoom before a Judge in General Sessions Criminal Court Division 13 Monday morning.
“You’ve been ordered to be held without bond on this charge of first-degree murder,” said Montesi. “So there’s no bond at this time.”
According to a police affidavit, Howard’s girlfriend reported him missing last Wednesday.
MPD’s investigation led them to Ferguson.
Police say Ferguson admitted to kidnapping Howard, by forcing him into the back of his patrol car while he was on duty.
Police say Ferguson drove several blocks away to Frayser Boulevard and Denver Street where he told investigators he shot Howard as he sat in the back of his police vehicle and then drove to a location where he deposited Howard’s body.
Investigators say they discovered a body they believe is Robert Howard’s north of downtown on the Wolf River bridge.
Investigators also found bloody towels they say Ferguson used to clean up evidence.
Assistant District Attorney Paul Hagerman shared his reaction to the case.
“Everybody’s shocked by the details of this case,’ said Hagerman. “Of course, ya’ll read about it over the weekend, they found his body yesterday. It’s a shocking case.
Ferguson’s friend Joshua Rogers has also been accused of helping him move Howard’s body to Roger’s residence, and then another location. Rogers is being charged with accessory after the fact, abuse of a corpse and tampering with and fabricating evidence. Rogers has posted bail.
Ferguson will appear in court again Thursday morning.