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      Eric Knysz waives preliminary exam, case will proceed

      Knysz appeared in court on crutches with a cast on his left leg. He waived his right to a preliminary exam meaning the case will be sent to Circuit Court for trial.

      Eric Knysz waived the right to a preliminary exam in Manistee District Court on Monday.

      Knysz appeared in court on crutches with a cast on his left leg. He waived his right to a preliminary exam meaning the case will be sent to Circuit Court for trial.

      The date and time of Knysz's next appearance in court in Manistee has yet to be scheduled.

      His wife, Sarah Knysz, also appeared in court Monday. Her preliminary exam was adjourned for two weeks.

      Both Eric and Sarah Knysz face charges in Manistee as well as Mason County for the death of Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield.

      In all, Eric Knysz is facing five charges in Manistee County, including receiving and concealing firearms, carrying a concealed weapon, unlawful driving away of a motor vehicle, and assault with a dangerous weapon. In Mason County, he faces five charges including murder of a police officer, felony firearms, carrying a concealed weapon, auto theft and being a second-time offender.

      Sarah Knysz is facing one charge that relates to the stolen car. In Mason County, she is facing two felonies, the first for being an accessory after the fact to the murder of Trooper Butterfield. The second charge is unlawful driving away of an automobile. Both are five year felonies.

      The couple is expected to be back in a Mason County courtroom on October 11.