Man charged for slain officer wants new attorney
January 13, 2014
The Rockwell City man who allegedly shot and killed a police officer during an overnight standoff in September accused his court-appointed attorney of having "preconceived notions about my guilt" and aiding prosecutors, according to Trott's request for a new attorney that was filed today.
Corey Trott, 32, faces a first-degree murder charge for the Sept. 13 shooting of Jamie Buenting, a Rockwell City police officer who was among a law-enforcement team that surrounded a house in that town to arrest Trott for the alleged assault of his mother.
An all-night standoff ensued between officers and Trott, and at about 1:40 a.m., a single gunshot from the house struck Buenting between his chest and neck.
Buenting, 37, was later pronounced dead at Stewart Memorial Community Hospital in Lake City.
Trott surrendered three hours later and allegedly admitted to shooting Buenting when he was questioned by investigators.
In Trott's request today, he wrote to a judge that he did not want to waive his right to a speedy trial. His trial was initially set for Dec. 3 but was delayed when an associate of his current attorney, Charles Kenville, of Fort Dodge, asked a judge in November for more time to find and prepare evidence.
"Mr. Kenville and his office filed a motion of continuance without my consent," Trott wrote in the handwritten request. "I did not instruct him or anyone ... to do so. He did this to enable the prosecutor's office, which served as a stalling technique versus abiding by my wishes."
Trial delays are common for high-profile crimes in Iowa. A request to move Trott's trial to another county because of pre-trial publicity was not approved until mid-December, about two weeks after Trott's trial was initially set to begin.
Trott also accused Kenville of being confrontational and said he "acted more as the prosecutor than my attorney."
"They are emotionally attached to the alleged victims," Trott said of Kenville and his associates.
Kenville is often assigned to represent those accused of major crimes in the area who cannot afford to pay for an attorney. Last year, he defended Kirk Levin, the Early man who was convicted of the brutal stabbing murder of his mother. In 2011, he defended Michael Swanson, the Minnesota man who was convicted of shooting two Iowa convenience store clerks.
Trott's trial is set to begin April 21 in Clarion, about 50 miles northeast of Rockwell City.
It's unclear when a judge will rule on Trott's request for a new attorney.
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