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A Rockwell City, Iowa man accused of killing police officer Jamie Buenting will stand trial

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FORT DODGE, Iowa (KTIV) - This week, the nation took time out to remember Rockwell City, Iowa police officer Jamie Buenting, who was killed in the line of duty.

Friday, his accused killer was back in the courtroom.

Corey Trott is accused of killing officer Jamie Buenting last September, during a standoff with authorities.

The officer and his tactical team were trying to serve a warrant for the 32-year-old's arrest, after he was accused of assaulting his own mother.

Trott's trial was put on hold in February so that he could undergo a mental evaluation.

Charles Kenville, Defense Attorney said, "Even though he does have, what they diagnosed as a paranoid personality disorder, that he's able to understand the court proceedings, and for me the biggest concern was whether or not he would be able to effectively work with council."

Kenville cited Trott's initial unwillingness to be evaluated.

But, Kenville said subsequent meetings with his client have gone smoother.

Trott's trial will start on September 2nd, but the date drew some concern from his attorney. The anniversary of Beunting's death is September 13th.

Kenville said, "I'm wondering if there's going to be some added pretrial publicity. So, I'm concerned about that."

Scott Brown, Assistant Attorney General said, "Publicity of the trial is going to be far greater than the anniversary of the shooting."

The trial will be held two counties away from Rockwell City, at the Wright County courthouse in Clarion, because of all the media attention the case has received.




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FORT DODGE, Iowa (KTIV) After suspending it in February, a judge says the trial of Corey Trott, the man accused of killing a Rockwell City, Iowa police officer, can move forward.

In a Webster County courtroom, the Honorable Thomas Bice accepted Corey Trott's mental evaluation, and the defense and prosecution's request for the trial to move forward.

That evaluation has been sealed, but the judge said that it showed Trott was competent enough to understand court proceedings, something his own attorney had concerns with earlier this year when Trott refused to listen to his recommendation to see a doctor for that mental evaluation.

Trott is accused of shooting Rockwell City police officer officer Jamie Buenting during a four hour standoff at his home on September 13th.

Buenting, a member of the CERT team, a highly trained tactical unit, was trying to serve a warrant for Trott's arrest, after he was accused of assaulting his own mother.

Because of media attention, Trott's first degree murder trial will take place in Clarion, Iowa, that's in Wright County.

It's scheduled to start September 2nd, but Trott's attorney initially had some concerns about that date.


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FORT DODGE, Iowa (KTIV) - A Rockwell City, Iowa man accused of killing police officer Jamie Buenting will stand trial.

In a Webster County courtroom Friday morning, a judge accepted Corey Trott's mental evaluation.

That evaluation has been sealed, but Judge Thomas Bice said it that Trott was competent enough to understand court proceedings.

Trott is accused of shooting officer Buenting during a standoff at his home on September 13, 2013.

His first degree murder trial will take place in Clarion, Iowa, that's in Wright County, because of publicity.

It's scheduled to start September 2.


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