North Idaho Cop Killer Found Guilty

By Faye Higbee

In May, 2015, Officer Greg Moore of the Coeur d’Alene Police in North Idaho was murdered after arriving at a suspicious person call. Jonathan Renfro stole his keys, gun, and radio as he lay dying on the street, and fled in his patrol car. Renfro said he “didn’t want to go back to prison.” Today a verdict was reached in his trial: guilty of First Degree Murder and all other counts.

Renfro had already admitted multiple times that he killed Officer Moore. The court allowed the Officer’s body camera as evidence in the trial- which clearly showed Renfro shooting Greg, stooping over him and stealing items.

But his excuses were distinctly stupid. His defense attorney stated that he “didn’t mean to shoot him in the head, he was going to shoot him in the chest.” The idea that he killed a police officer because he “didn’t want to go back to prison” was also ridiculous, since now he will be guaranteed that fate…unless he is put to death.

Renfro is now eligible for the death penalty and sentencing moves to the capital punishment phase.

After Effects

The murder of Officer Moore deeply affected not only the Coeur d’Alene Police, but the entire community, not to mention his lovely family…as well as those of us retirees who worked with Greg for a few years. The city worked hard to keep reminders of his death in the minds of residents- from”K27″ stickers on cars to lighting up the city with blue lights. They also raised money for a special memorial.

Screenshot of proposed memorial

The city of Coeur d’Alene broke ground on the Thin Blue Line memorial to honor Officer Moore and other fallen law enforcement officers on September 7, 2017.

In North Idaho, officers killed in the line of duty are uncommon. It is my personal hope that it never happens again.


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