COEUR D' ALENE, Idaho --- A Kootenai County Judge denied Jonathan Renfro’s motion to eliminate the death penalty as a form of punishment on Wednesday.
Renfro is accused of killing Coeur d’Alene police Sgt. Greg Moore in May of 2015.
Moore stopped Renfro while walking through a Coeur d’Alene neighborhood that had become the victim of recent car burglaries.
Investigators said Renfro pulled out a gun, shot Moore, took the officer’s gun and then sped off in his car.
At a pretrial hearing, a judge refused to eliminate execution as a form of punishment. He also denied Renfro’s motion to have his first degree murder charge dismissed.
Renfro’s attorneys cited international law and specifics about his encounter with Moore as reasons he should not face the death penalty.
Renfro’s jury trial is scheduled to begin in February.