Trott ruled competent, trial set for Sept. 2

Corey Trott, the man accused of killing Rockwell City Police Officer Jamie Buenting, has been ruled competent to stand trial following a court-ordered mental health evaluation.

Trott’s trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 2 in Wright County due to a change of venue request from defense.

Court proceedings against Trott, 33, were put on hold in February following a ruling that he undergo a mental health evaluation. There was concern Trott may not be able to understand the proceedings against him.

The results of that evaluation, which have been sealed, indicated that Trott is able to stand trial.

Trott has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in connection with Buenting’s death. He is accused of shooting and killing Buenting during an early-morning standoff in Rockwell City on Sept. 13, 2013.

Trott later surrendered without further incident.

He is being held in the Webster County Jail.