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Trial in slaying of Coeur d’Alene officer may be reset for 2017

This Tuesday, May 5, 2015 photo provided by the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department shows Jonathan Renfro, who was arrested in connection with the shooting of Coeur d'Alene Police Sgt. Greg Moore. (AP)
This Tuesday, May 5, 2015 photo provided by the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department shows Jonathan Renfro, who was arrested in connection with the shooting of Coeur d'Alene Police Sgt. Greg Moore. (AP)

A murder trial set to begin in September for the man accused of killing a Coeur d’Alene police officer one year ago likely will be rescheduled for February 2017.

Kootenai County prosecutors and the public defender’s office met with a judge Monday morning to discuss the large number of motions both sides have filed in the case and how long it may take to work through them.

Jonathan Renfro could face the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting death of police Sgt. Greg Moore on May 5, 2015. Renfro, 27, was not present in court Monday.

Instead of beginning the trial Sept. 6, as scheduled, the attorneys indicated they could spend that two-week window arguing motions in the case. First District Judge Lansing Haynes said he would formally hear the motion to postpone the trial at a hearing on June 13.

Haynes identified a potential new trial date of Feb. 7, 2017. He asked the prosecutor and defender to jointly submit a proposed time line for him to consider.

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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