The murder trial of the man accused of killing a Coeur d’Alene police officer last year has been pushed back to Feb. 6, 2017.
The trial, which could last a month, had been scheduled to start in September. Idaho 1st District Judge Lansing Haynes agreed to the delay Monday to give attorneys more time to prepare.
Jonathan Renfro could receive the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting death of police Sgt. Greg Moore on May 5, 2015.
A public defender representing Renfro said Monday that over a dozen expert witnesses need at least 12 more months to prepare for trial. But the judge gave both sides about eight months. Haynes also said if Renfro is convicted, the penalty phase would begin immediately afterward. Prosecutors intend to seek the death penalty, and Haynes tentatively set aside another four weeks for jurors to hear arguments on that.
Renfro is accused of shooting Moore in the face after the officer stopped to question him on a dark residential street. He also is charged with grand theft, robbery, concealing evidence, removing a gun from a police officer and eluding police. Not-guilty pleas to all charges were entered on his behalf.
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