KOOTENAI CO., Idaho – The man accused of killing Coeur d’Alene Police Sgt. Greg Moore in May of 2015, Jonathan Renfro, appeared in court Wednesday for a motion hearing.
Moore stopped Renfro while walking through a Coeur d’Alene neighborhood that had become to the victim of recent car burglaries.
Investigators said Renfro pulled out a gun, shot Moore, took the officer’s gun and then sped off in his car.
Today, prosecutors said Renfro has justified what he did as “being noble.”
The allegations are in a motion that prosecutors filed back in June. In that motion, prosecutors looked to add what are called “aggravating circumstances” to their notice of intent to seek the death penalty.
Prosecutors argued Renfro has shown a propensity to commit murder and will pose a continuing threat to society.
The document details what prosecutors said are Renfro’s violent past in prison.
At the Kootenai County Jail, prosecutors said they have learned that Renfro has made weapons, threatened other inmates and planned to harm correctional officers.
Prosecutors said Renfro has had jail discipline issues and has even planned an escape.
In their motion, prosecutors write, “The defendant, while discussing certain aspects of recent charges via video phone, has laughed and smiled about committing certain aspects of his alleged crimes.”
Another part reads: “The defendant has justified his actions as being noble – claiming that cops will now think twice before being aggressive with individuals.”
2 On Your Side reached out to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office regarding claims by the prosecutors. Officials said they cannot comment citing a gag order from the judge overseeing this case.
Renfro’s jury trial is scheduled for next February.