Apr 5, 2013 9:24 AM by AP
A former Baton Rouge police officer told a state judge he is innocent of felony charges that accuse him of falsifying misdemeanor summonses while he was on the force.
The Advocate reports Derek Jason Burns pleaded not guilty Thursday to one count each of first-degree injuring of public records and malfeasance. Both offenses carry up to five years in prison.
Judge Chip Moore scheduled a status hearing in the case for June 20.
The 29-year-old Burns was arrested Sept. 6 and fired Nov. 9. He had been with the Baton Rouge Police Department for six years and worked in the prisoner processing unit.