COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — Prosecutors will be able to use the testimony about how a man charged with killing a Coeur d’Alene police officer has acted while he’s been in jail awaiting trial.
A judge ruled on Wednesday and Thursday that 26-year-old Jonathan Renfro’s alleged conduct in jail can be included in a list of aggravating factors the prosecution can present to the jury in an attempt to secure the death penalty, The Coeur d’Alene Press reported (http://bit.ly/2d6eNGc ). Kootenai County District Court Judge Lansing Haynes has been ruling on multiple motions associated with Renfro’s case and is expected to continue rulings on Friday.
Renfro is charged with first-degree murder, grand theft, removing a law-enforcement officer’s firearm, concealing evidence, robbery and eluding police in connection to the 2015 shooting death of Coeur d’Alene Police Sgt. Greg Moore.
Prosecutors say he has fashioned weapons, made escape plans, and described his actions as noble while incarcerated.
“The defendant has justified his actions as being noble — claiming that cops will now think twice before being aggressive with individuals,” said a motion to amend the aggravating factors.
Haynes granted the prosecution’s motion on Wednesday. On Thursday, he heard several other motions in the case — including a request by Renfro’s team of public defenders to not allow evidence, observations and statements taken or gathered during Renfro’s apprehension by multiple law enforcement agencies.
Haynes also denied two more defense motions asking to preclude the death penalty in the case.
A jury trial has been tentatively scheduled for Feb. 6, 2017.
Information from: Coeur d’Alene Press, http://www.cdapress.com