COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — A jury began deliberations that continued Friday in the trial of man charged with killing a northern Idaho police officer.

The jury deliberated for four hours on Thursday and will remain isolated from the public until it reaches a verdict in the first-degree murder trial of 29-year-old Jonathan Renfro, the Coeur d’Alene Press reported .

Jurors will decide if Renfro is guilty of killing Coeur d’Alene Police Sgt. Gregory K. Moore, and if the killing was first-degree or second-degree murder. They will also consider is he is guilty of additional felony charges including robbery, hiding evidence and stealing a firearm.

Moore was shot in the head in May 2015 while on routine patrol. Kootenai County prosecutors said in closing court arguments that Renfro was high on methamphetamine and was walking the neighborhood with a handgun and a fistful of hollow-point bullets in his pocket.

“This was a felon, dressed in black out on parole looking to do harm,” deputy prosecutor David Robins said.

Robins said Moore stopped the defendant and when the officer turned his back, Renfro ambushed him.

“He didn’t see it coming,” Robins said. “He murdered Sgt. Moore without provocation, without justification, without warning and without excuse.”

Defense attorney Linda Payne said Renfro was remorseful for what had happened. She said her client, whom she refers to as J.D., did not intent to kill the officer, but he panicked. She said when Moore put his hand on his gun, Renfro just reacted.

“The state has not proven that J. D. intended to kill anybody,” Payne said. “They have not.”

Information from: Coeur d’Alene Press,

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