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Judge Deciding if Man's Confession OK for Trial

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FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A judge is deciding whether jurors will hear the confession of an Iowa man accused of killing a Rockwell City police officer last year.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys argued in court Friday about Corey Trott’s confession to shooting 37-year-old Rockwell City Police Officer Jamie Buenting during a standoff at Trott’s house last September.

The Des Moines Register reports that Webster County District Judge Thomas Bice heard an hour of testimony from law enforcement officers involved in the case.

Trott’s attorneys say a special agent with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation improperly questioned Trott two hours after he told a state trooper that he did not want to talk. Prosecutors say the confession was properly obtained.

Trial for the 33-year-old Trott is scheduled to begin on Sept. 3.

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