ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Florida - The Mannford detective charged with murdering his boss in Florida last month pleaded not guilty in Police Chief Lucky Miller's death. Mike Nealey is in the Escambia County Jail on a $1.5 million bond.

WKRG, the CBS affiliate in Mobile, Alabama, reports Nealey's trial is expected to start February 24, 2020.

Last month, Nealey appeared in a courtroom through a video conference and pleaded not guilty to killing Miller.              

The two were in Pensacola Beach for a police training conference at the time.            

An arrest affidavit shows a hotel worker responding to a noise complaint found Nealey sitting on top of Miller in their room.             

The report says when emergency responders got to the room Miller was already dead and his face had been beaten.

Court records indicate Nealey hasn't spoken with investigators, so at this point there's no known motive. The arrest affidavit shows witnesses reported laughing and yelling coming from Miller and Nealey’s hotel room the night Miller died.

Nealey's next court date is set for February 12.