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Trial begins for man accused of killing officer

COEUR d'ALENE, Idaho - Jury selection began Monday morning for a North Idaho man, charged with killing Coeur d'Alene Police Sgt. Greg Moore. 

Sgt. Moore was killed while patrolling a Coeur d'Alene neighborhood in May 2015. The shooting was captured on Sgt. Moore's body camera, which a judge ruled earlier can be shown to witnesses in the trial. Court documents say Renfro admitted killing Moore, saying he was scared to go back to prison.

The Kootenai County Prosecutor can ask for the death penalty if Renfro is convicted. If so, the same jury would hold a separate sentencing hearing after the trial is over to determine if he should be sentenced to death.

It's not clear yet what defense Renfro's team plans to offer. In the past, they've argued that he should not face the death penalty because it violates his constitutional rights. In a previous hearing, the judge said the death penalty can stay on the table in this case.

While in jail, Renfro has been in trouble for allegedly making weapons and escape plans and bragging about his crimes. The judge used those actions as aggravating factors that can be presented to the jury during his murder trial.

Little information has come out about the case in the two years since the murder. The judge instituted a pre-trial gag order. Media rules for the case allow only one still camera in court; no audio or video recording is allowed. 

The state hopes to have a jury selected by the end of the week.