KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho --- The man accused of killing Sgt. Greg Moore more than two years ago and driving off with his car is still expected to be tried in Coeur d'Alene, despite media coverage of the case, though the jurors may be sequestered.
Jonathan Renfro, the man charged with killing Moore in Coeur d’Alene then driving off in Moore’s car will be tried in Coeur d’Alene. The suspect’s lawyers argued because of all the publicity the crime got, it would not be a fair trial. The murder and the community’s reaction dominated local headlines for days after the crime. Even now, many people have stickers with Moore’s call sign on their cars in northern Idaho.
According to court documents, the suspect’s team polled potential jurors and argued the results showed most of the potential jurors had knowledge of the case. Because of this, he would not receive a fair trial.
Judge Lansing Haynes, who is overseeing the case, disagreed. On June 1, he filed his decision, and said the news reports were not “designed to inflame the passion of potential jurors.”
Court documents said both the prosecutors and the defense were asked about sequestering the jury during the trial and both parties argued against it. In the end, it will be Judge Haynes’ decision whether to sequester the jury or not.
The trial is set to start in September and is expected to last around six weeks.