Hearing in Trott case is scheduled

A hearing has been scheduled to determine what the next steps will be in the case against a man accused of killing a Rockwell City police officer.

Judge Thomas Bice has scheduled a hearing for May 16 in Fort Dodge on a motion to reinstate the proceedings against Corey Trott, 33, of Rockwell City. That motion was filed by Iowa Assistant Attorney General Scott Brown.

Trott, who has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Rockwell City Police Officer Jamie Buenting, has had his court proceedings put on hold pending the results of a court-ordered mental health evaluation.

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

Buenting responded to 502 Pleasant St. after Trott, who had a warrant for his arrest, refused to come out when officers knocked on the door.

A tactical team responded at 1:15 a.m. and attempted to make contact with Trott, who allegedly fired a gunshot at 1:40 a.m. and struck Buenting.

The officer was taken to Stewart Memorial Community Hospital in Lake City, where he was pronounced dead.

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.

Prior to his court-ordered evaluation, Trott was scheduled to stand trial beginning April 21 in Wright County. The trial was removed from the court calendar after the evaluation was ordered.

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.