McCarville: Find Trott guilty of something less

CLARION – Corey Trott, the man accused of killing Rockwell City Police Officer Jamie Buenting, committed a crime, but not first-degree murder.

That’s what Joseph McCarville, Trott’s attorney, told jurors in his opening statement Wednesday in Wright County District Court.

“We will ask you to find him guilty of something less,” McCarville said. “Something he actually did.”

Trott, 33, is facing a first-degree murder charge in Buenting’s death on Sept. 13, 2013.

The trial was moved to Clarion after a change of venue motion.

Jurors heard testimony from Mike Anderson, assistant Rockwell City police chief, who said an arrest and search warrant had been issued for Trott in the days leading up to the shooting.

After Trott was located at 502 Pleasant St. in Rockwell City, the Fort Dodge/Webster County Special Emergency Response Team arrived after it were requested by local authorities.

Sgt. Luke Fleener, of the Webster County Sheriff’s Department, and the SERT commander, said officers developed a strategy after Trott didn’t respond to verbal commands to come out.

Fleener and Buenting went to the front of the house, and after Buenting broke a front window with a fireman’s pole, a gunshot was fired from inside the house.

Buenting was hit in the neck; the bullet lodged in his body. He was pronounced dead after being taken to Stewart Memorial Community Hospital in Lake City.

Trott later surrendered without further incident.

Testimony will continue this afternoon.