COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho -- Jonathan Renfro, accused of killing Sergeant Greg Moore, appeared in a Kootenai County courtroom on Wednesday.
Court documents state Renfro admitted to taking Sgt. Moore’s gun and then speeding off in his patrol car. For those reasons, Kootenai County Prosecutor, Barry McHugh, is seeking the death penalty for Renfro.
Renfro’s public defender, John Adams, previously filed a court motion asking the prosecutor’s office to show where it was receiving funds to pay for the case.
The motion was previously denied, but Adams asked a judge to reconsider it.
The Capital Crimes Defense Fund is at the center of the debate.
According to the Idaho Association of Counties, the fund is designed to ease the burden of the cost of trials for death penalties. Idaho Counties pay to operate the fund based on a per capita basis.
According to court testimony, Kooentai County has received more than $200,000 from the fund over the last three years.
In court Wednesday, Adams argued that the prosecutor’s office was asking for the death penalty with its budget in mind, not the factors of Renfro’s case.
“They receive a benefit by asking for death,” Adams said.
The prosecutor’s office shot back saying there is no evidence to prove Adam’s claim and the matter did not have any relation to Renfro’s guilt or innocence.
The judge sided with prosecutors and denied Adam’s motion. He added that there is no evidence to prove that the prosecutor’s office is motivated by money.
Renfro’s jury trial is scheduled for February 2017. It is not clear if the trial will actually happen then or if it will be delayed.
(© 2016 KREM)