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  • Great news: killer of ofcr Buenting GUILTY of 1st deg murder

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    CLARION, Ia. – Amanda Buenting tearfully hugged prosecutors, family and friends as she left a courtroom on Friday moments after jurors found her police officer husband's killer guilty of first-degree murder.

    Rockwell City Police Officer Jamie Buenting would have celebrated his 38th birthday Friday. He was fatally shot Sept. 13, 2013, during a standoff. The shooter, Corey Trott, who believed Buenting and other law enforcement were conspiring against him, now faces a life in prison.


    The courtroom filled with sighs of relief as District Court Judge Thomas Bice read the verdict, reached by jurors after less than 90 minutes of deliberation. Buenting's family and friends went behind closed doors to celebrate the verdict, and Jamie Buenting's birthday, with cupcakes.


    In a statement released to the media that was also printed in the Carroll Daily Times Herald in February, Amanda Buenting thanked Rockwell City residents and law enforcement for their support. Rockwell City Police Chief Larry Schoop and assistant chief Mike Anderson, a witness in the case, sat alongside Buenting's family through the 3-1/2-day trial.


    "Jamie Buenting dedicated his life to love and to justice," Amanda Buenting wrote. "A great life ended too soon, a great example of a hero who pinned on a badge each day to protect and serve the public."


    Members of the Rockwell City community celebrated within minutes of the verdict, sending words of congratulations via text messages to Calhoun County Attorney Tina Meth-Farrington. The trial moved to the Wright County Courthouse in Clarion, more than 70 miles northeast of Rockwell City, through a change of venue motion by attorneys.

    "The community has stuck together, has become a lot closer," Meth-Farrington said.
    "Even Corey (Trott's) family has not been ostracized in the community."

    Trott showed no visible signs of emotion as Bice read the verdict; he stared straight ahead. His sentencing hearing will be held at the Calhoun County Courthouse on Sept. 26.


    Buenting, an eight-year veteran of the Rockwell City police force, was the 173rd Iowa law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty, according to the Iowa Department of Public Safety. Trott fired a .223-caliber rifle at Buenting around 1:40 a.m. on Sept. 13, 2013, as Buenting broke a window in Trott's house and pulled down covers so officers could see inside.
    Buenting and a team of officers were attempting to arrest Trott on a previous arrest warrant for a reported attack on Trott's mother.


    In his closing argument Friday, assistant Iowa attorney general Scott Brown told jurors a vengeful Trott intentionally shot Buenting after waiting for hours in his house during the standoff for the right shot. Jurors heard a recording Wednesday of an interview Trott gave to a state investigator hours after the shooting that showed Trott's longtime fear and anger toward police, Brown said.


    Trott was heard on the tape telling the agent that he believed Buenting and other officers were trying to manipulate him and his family. "He has anger in him and he's getting ready and making a plan to take it out on Jamie Buenting," Brown said in his closing. "He's waiting, he's planning and he's being patient."


    On the tape, Trott also told the agent that he had "no regrets" about shooting Buenting. In his closing, Brown called Trott an "unrepentant murderer" and asked for a guilty verdict.

    Trott's defense attorneys throughout trial admitted that Trott fired the fatal shot, but argued their client was only reacting as the officers broke windows on his house.
    Last edited by Sculptor; 09-08-2014, 10:50 PM.

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