A northern Idaho public defender says prosecutors are only seeking the death penalty against a man accused of killing a police officer because of financial reasons.
The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Kootenai County Chief Public Defender John Adams says the prosecutor's office is only seeking the death penalty against 28-year-old Jonathan Renfro because the state has a fund set up to reduce capital trial costs.
Renfro is accused of the 2015 shooting death of Coeur d'Alene Police Sgt. Greg Moore.
Idaho's Capital Crimes Defense Fund - established in 1998 - allows counties to take from a statewide fund to recoup some of the costs associated with death penalty trials.
Adams is set to argue that taking from the capital crimes fund violates Renfro's Constitutional rights in court next week.
The Kootenai County Prosecutor's Office denies these claims.