Psychiatrist: Alleged cop killer competent to stand trial
Prosecutors ask to resume Corey Trott's first-degree murder case that was suspended for a psychiatric evaluation
May 2, 2014
The man accused of killing a Rockwell City police officer in a September standoff - whose attorney claims he is delusional and paranoid - is competent to stand trial, according to an Iowa City psychiatrist.
A state prosecutor asked a judge this week to resume Corey Trott's murder case, which was suspended in February so that Trott, 33, could be evaluated at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, a prison in Oakdale.
Trott's attorney, Charles Kenville, requested the psychiatric evaluation after Trott refused to cooperate with a psychiatrist Kenville hired to determine whether Trott is competent.
That psychiatrist concluded Trott suffers from "a mental health disorder, namely a delusional and paranoid thought process."
"It's preventing him from accepting my counsel," Kenville said in February.
But a report from Iowa City psychiatrist Arnold Andersen - which was filed in court this week but is sealed from public view - concluded Trott can competently defend himself against the murder charge, according to a motion to resume the case filed Thursday by prosecutor Scott Brown, an assistant Iowa Attorney General.
The motion says Trott "submitted to a mental health evaluation" on April 15, but does not say whether Trott fully cooperated.
It's unclear when District Judge Thomas Bice, who was specially assigned to handle the case, will schedule a court hearing to rule on the motion.
Trott is accused of shooting and killing Officer Jamie Buenting, 37, during an eight-hour, overnight standoff with Trott in Rockwell City.
Officers had sought to arrest Trott in his house on Sept. 12 for the alleged assault of his 64-year-old mother, but Trott refused to comply. A Webster County tactical response team, including Buenting, surrounded the house.
Attempts to negotiate with Trott failed, and the team decided to enter the house. Buenting was shot in the neck with a rifle about 1:40 a.m. on Sept. 13 as the team, using a long pole, tried to pull down sheets that hung over the windows and blocked the view inside.
Buenting later died at Stewart Memorial Community Hospital in Lake City. He was married with two young children.
Trott surrendered three hours after the shooting and admitted to it when he was questioned by investigators, according to court records.
He has been held in the Webster County jail.
Trott has refused to meet with Kenville, his attorney, since Trott asked Judge Bice in a handwritten note in January for a new attorney. Trott accused Kenville of having "preconceived notions about my guilt" and aiding prosecutors.
Bice denied the request.
In February, Trott wrote to the Webster County attorney and "asked that I be arrested and charged with extortion," Kenville said in February but didn't elaborate on the extortion claim.
"He doesn't trust us," Kenville said. "He's paranoid that we're out to sabotage our case."
Trott's trial was set for April 21 in Clarion in north-central Iowa, where it was moved due to pre-trial publicity. A new trial date has not been set.
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