NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans Police Department detective facing an attempted murder charge has pleaded not guilty
Detective Robert Hurst pleaded not guilty Monday to attempted murder and simple battery charges stemming from an incident involving his then-pregnant ex-girlfriend, according to the New Orleans Advocate.
With his attorney Eric Hessler, Hurst entered his not guilty plea when he appeared in Criminal Court for his arraignment. Since he is not considered a flight risk, Hurst will have a bond hearing July 21.
The NOPD has placed a 10-year veteran on emergency suspension after the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office filed a Bill of Information charging him with attempted second-degree murder.
An investigation by the Public Integrity Bureau into Hurst was launched on April 25, 2014 following a complaint.
In conjunction with the investigation, the NOPD said the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office has filed the bill on Hurst for criminal charges relative to attempted second-degree murder and simple battery.
Hurst was most recently assigned to the Fifth District.
In 2011, Hurst was suspended after he was seen in shots from an amateur video taken in Fat Harry's Bar Uptown, in which he was wearing his official police uniform pants while a young woman was wearing his official NOPD uniform shirt.