UPDATE: Prosecution, defense rest in Trott case

CLARION – Both prosecutors and defense attorneys have rested their cases in the trial of Corey Trott.

Trott, 33, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Rockwell City Police Officer Jamie Buenting.

Prosecutors rested their case shortly before noon Thursday, while the defense rested once the afternoon recess was completed.

The defense did not call any witnesses, and Trott declined to testify in his own defense.

Jurors were recessed until tomorrow morning in order for the attorneys and the judge to work on jury instructions.

Thursday morning, jurors heard from Carl Bessman, a ballistics examiner with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, who testified that the bullet recovered from Buenting’s body had classic characteristics of the gun found in Trott’s house. However, because the bullet was damaged, individual characteristics of the bullet could not be matched. As a result, Bessman said he could not make a positive identification. At the same time, he said that didn’t mean the bullet didn’t come from the gun.

Associate State Medical Examiner Dr. Jonathan Thompson conducted Buentings autopsy. He ruled Buenting’s death was a homicide caused by a gunshot wound to the chest. He testified the bullet went through the base of Buenting’s neck and traveled through his body before stopping in his right armpit.

DCI Criminalist Peter Wagner also testified about collecting evidence from Trott’s home, while Calhoun County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Feldhans said he heard Trott saying the phrase “Jamie got shot” three times while being held in the Sac County Jail the day after his arrest.

Closing arguments will be delivered tomorrow morning.