Trott trial venue moved

ROCKWELL CITY – The man accused of killing a Rockwell City police officer will stand trial in another county after a judge approved a change of venue request Tuesday.

Corey A. Trott, 32, of Rockwell City, is scheduled to be tried in Wright County beginning April 21.

Judge Thomas Bice, who is overseeing the court proceedings, approved the request from Trott’s attorney, Joseph McCarville.

Trott is facing a first-degree murder charge after allegedly shooting and killing Rockwell City Police Officer Jamie Buenting during a standoff on Sept. 13.

Trott, who had a warrant for his arrest on an assault charge, was reported inside 502 Pleasant St., Rockwell City, and refused to come out when officers knocked on the door. A tactical team responded to the home and at 1:15 a.m. officers attempted to make contact with Trott.

Around 1:40 a.m., Trott allegedly fired one gunshot, which hit Buenting. He was taken to Stewart Memorial Community Hospital in Lake City where he was pronounced dead.

Trott eventually surrendered to police without further incident at 5:32 a.m.

Trott, who has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge, is being held in the Webster County Jail.

Buenting, who was 37 when he died, was a 12-year veteran of law enforcement and had been with the Rockwell City Police Department for eight years. He had previously been an officer with the Manson Police Department.

He left behind a wife and two children.