Robert Howard Biography — Wiki
Robert Howard was the victim who was allegedly kidnapped and killed by Memphis officer Patric Ferguson while on duty before attempting to cover his tracks by tampering with evidence. While on duty, Ferguson armed with a handgun, forced Howard, into his squad car Tuesday evening.
The cop was arrested by his former employer, Memphis Police Department (MPD), yesterday, and charged with first-degree murder, abuse of a corpse, first-degree murder in perpetration of aggravated kidnapping, and tampering with and fabricating evidence, according to police.
— Memphis Police Dept (@MEM_PoliceDept) January 10, 2021
Robert Howard Age
Robert Howard was 30 years old at the time of death.
Robert Howard Missing News
Robert Howard had been reported missing around 8:30 p.m. on January 6, nearly 24 hours after he allegedly was forced into Ferguson’s squad car. He was last seen on Mark Twain Street around 5:00 p.m. on Jan. 5, according to police.
Officers were initially called to investigate the disappearance of Howard on Wednesday after his girlfriend reported him missing from home. A body they believe to be that of Howard was then discovered near a park in east Memphis yesterday.
Obituary: What happened to Robert Howard?
Police say Ferguson drove the victim to a separate location where he allegedly shot and killed him. The alleged murder, last week, was captured on tape by a nearby surveillance camera and Ferguson is said to have admitted to the crime, reports WMC 5.
Ferguson, who was on duty at the time and knew Howard, is accusing of bundling Howard into the back of his patrol car before shooting him dead. The alleged murder, last week, was captured on tape by a nearby surveillance camera and Ferguson is said to have admitted to the crime, reports WMC 5.
Investigators say Ferguson, acting on his own accord, armed himself with his personal handgun, forced the victim into the back of a police car and drove to a third of mile to a different location, where he shot and killed him.
What we know so far about Robert Howard
Police added that Ferguson’s cell phone search history revealed multiple incriminating internet searches related to cleaning up crime scenes and how to destroy DNA evidence. Ferguson, who had been with MPD since 2018, shot Howard while his victim was in the back of his police car, according to the force.
They also said that Ferguson admitted to enlisting the help of another man, Joshua Rogers, a friend of his, to move the body to another location.
Patric Ferguson is expected to make his first court appearance today, according to the Shelby County Jail.
Officers also charged a second man, 28-year-old Joshua Rogers, for allegedly helping Ferguson move Howard’s body after he was killed.