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Should Renfro face death penalty?

A 60-day clock started Wednesday for Kootenai County prosecutors who need to decide whether to seek the death penalty against Jonathan Renfro. Renfro, charged with the murder of Coeur d'Alene Police Sgt. Greg Moore in May, was arraigned Wednesday in 1st District Court. A not-guilty plea to six felony charges was entered on his behalf by the court as he stood silent. According to Idaho code, a death sentence can't be imposed unless prosecutors file written notice of their intent to seek that sentence no later than 60 days after a plea is entered. Kootenai County Deputy Prosecutor David Robins said a decision hasn't been made on whether to seek the death penalty. Renfro's public defender, John Adams, told Judge Lansing Haynes during the hearing that the defense early on sought to make a deal and plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence recommendation, but prosecutors declined the offer/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Should Kootenai County prosecutors seek the death penalty in the Renfro case?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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