Trott trial awaits psych eval

ROCKWELL CITY – The trial for the man accused of killing a Rockwell City police officer has been put on hold until the defendant’s psychiatric competency evaluation is completed.

Corey A. Trott, 33, of Rockwell City, has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of Rockwell City Police Officer Jamie Buenting on Sept. 13, 2013.

District Court Judge Thomas Bice, who is presiding over the case, ruled Thursday that Trott’s trial, which had been scheduled for April 21 in Wright County, will be removed from the court calendar until Trott’s mental health evaluation is done.

Bice had previously ruled that all proceedings would be put on hold because the court found “probable cause that the defendant is suffering from a mental disorder which may prevent the defendant from appreciating the charge, understanding the proceedings or assisting effectively in his defense.”

If Trott is found to be incompetent, “restoration to competency will be performed,” Bice wrote in his previous ruling. Reports will then be made to the court every 30 days concerning his progress.

Trott has been in custody since Sept. 13, 2013, when he allegedly shot and killed Buenting during a standoff in Rockwell City.

Trott was reported inside 502 Pleasant St., Rockwell City, and refused to come out when officers knocked on the door. He had an arrest warrant for an assault charge.

At 1:15 a.m., officers with a tactical team attempted to make contact with Trott.

He allegedly fired one gunshot at 1:40 a.m., which struck Buenting. The officer was pronounced dead after being taken to Stewart Memorial Community Hospital in Lake City.

Trott surrendered to law enforcement at 5:32 a.m. after a negotiation team was brought in.

He is being held in the Webster County Jail.

Buenting, 37, 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.