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Jury finds Renfro guilty on three aggravating factors; faces death penalty

Jury deliberating whether Renfro...

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - UPDATE: 

On Tuesday evening the jury found Jonathan Renfro guilty on three of four aggravating factors in the death of Coeur d'Alene police officer Sergeant Greg Moore.

The jury found Renfro had killed Sgt. Moore because he was a police officer, that he committed the murder with the intent of robbery, and that his conduct before and after the murder show a continuing threat to society. 

The jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict on whether Renfro killed Moore with the intent to commit burglary. 

On Monday, October 23, the jury will reconvene and start the process to decided if Renfro should be sentenced to death. 

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A jury must now decide if the man who killed a Coeur d'Alene police officer will face the death penalty.

The State was tasked with proving one of four aggravating circumstances in the case that would make Jonathan Renfro eligible for capital punishment in the 2015 shooting death of Sergeant Greg Moore.

Jury deliberations have begun, and we'll know soon if this case is moving forward into its final phase, where it will be decided if Jonathan Renfro will die for his crimes. First, the jury must decide if prosecutors have proven without a doubt that Renfro is eligible for that punishment.

Both inmates and employees of the Kootenai County Jail testified in court Tuesday.

They were questioned about conversations with Renfro.

One testified Renfro said he was out burglarizing vehicles and aimed for Moore's face. The other said he heard Renfro making threats against guards.

The state closed by arguing all four aggravating factors have been proven without a doubt throughout the course of this case.

The jury is allowed to use evidence presented during the guilt phase of this trial as well.

Prosecutors reiterated testimonies that said Renfro participated in burglaries on a nearly nightly basis.

They also argued Renfro's willingness to kill an officer without provocation, then threaten others in jail while knowing the state was seeking death, shows he is an ongoing threat to society, and would likely murder again.

But the defense said none of the aggravating circumstances have been proven, arguing there is no evidence Renfro attempted a burglary or robbery that night. It also relied on the fact that despite his threats, Renfro has never actually attempted to harm anyone else.

If the jury find that Renfro is guilty of any aggravators, then both sides will make their case for why Renfro should be put to death, or why we should let him spend the rest of his life in prison.


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