Trott trial date is set

ROCKWELL CITY – The man who pleaded not guilty to killing a Rockwell City police officer during a standoff is scheduled to stand trial in less than two months.

Corey A. Trott, 32, had his first-degree murder trial set for Dec. 3 in Rockwell City.

Trott, who pleaded not guilty to the charge on Monday, is accused of killing Rockwell City Police Officer Jamie Buenting during a standoff on Sept. 13.

On that day, Trott refused to come out of the home at 502 Pleasant St. so officers could serve an assault warrant on him. The standoff lasted through the night.

At one point, it’s alleged Trott fired one shot, which struck Buenting. He was later pronounced dead at Stewart Memorial Community Hospital in Lake City.

Trott remained in the home until 5:32 a.m. after the Iowa State Patrol brought in a team to negotiate Trott’s surrender. He surrendered without any further incident.

He is being held in the Webster County Jail, though a specific bond amount was not mentioned in online court records.

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