A judge ruled Monday the statement made by Corey A. Trott, the Rockwell City man accused of killing a Rockwell City police officer, after his arrest can be used in court.
This is after a hearing on Friday in 2nd Judicial District Court in Webster County to suppress the statement he made after his arrest on Sept. 13, 2013.
"To the defense, it's a surprise," Trott's attorney, public defender Joe McCarville said. "It's clear that we wanted the statement left out and the state wanted it in."
McCarville said Friday the statement should not be allowed in court because officers violated Trott's constitutional rights.
"He certainly said things that were not helpful," McCarville told The Messenger Friday.
Trott declined to comment after an officer read him the Miranda warning after his arrest, McCarville said.
Minutes later, another officer read Trott the Miranda warning and he didn't comment, according to McCarville.
After Trott had been in the Sac County Jail in Sac City for about an hour and a half, a third officer brought Trott into an interview room, read the Miranda warning and asked Trott to speak, McCarville said.
It wasn't a confession though, he said.
Trott's trial is set for Sept. 2 in Wright County.
Trott is facing a charge of first-degree murder for the shooting of Officer Jamie Buenting during a standoff in Rockwell City on Sept. 13, 2013.
Officers responded to 502 Pleasant St., Rockwell City, after Trott, who was wanted on an arrest warrant for assault, was reported inside.
When Trott refused to come to the door, a tactical team responded to the home at 1:15 a.m. to attempt to make contact with him.
He is accused of firing one gunshot at 1:40 a.m., which struck Buenting.
Buenting was taken to Stewart Community Memorial Hospital in Lake City where he was pronounced dead.
Trott surrendered to law enforcement at 5:32 a.m.
Buenting, 37, was a 12-year veteran of law enforcement and had been with the Rockwell City Police Department for eight years. He had previously been an officer with the Manson Police Department.