Trott pleads not guilty

ROCKWELL CITY – The man accused of killing a Rockwell City police officer during a standoff last month has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Corey A. Trott, 32, made the written not guilty plea via his attorney, Charles Kenville, on Monday.

No trial date had been set as of Monday afternoon.

Trott is facing a first-degree murder charge in connection with the shooting of Rockwell City Police Officer Jamie Buenting on Sept. 13.

That day, Trott refused to come out of a home at 502 Pleasant St. after officers attempted to serve a warrant on him for assault.

During the early morning hours of Sept. 13, Trott allegedly fired one shot from a gun, which hit Buenting. Despite being rushed to Stewart Memorial Community Hospital in Lake City, Buenting was pronounced dead.

Trott eventually surrendered at 5:32 a.m. after the Iowa State Patrol brought in a tactical team to speak with him.

He is being held in the Sac County Jail, though online court records don’t specify a bond amount.

Buenting is the first Iowa police officer to be killed in the line of duty since September 2011.