Manistee County charges against accused trooper shooter to be put on hold
The charges against Eric Knysz in Manistee County will be put on hold until a related case involving the death of State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield runs its course in Mason County.
Knysz, the alleged shooter, was in Manistee County court Monday for a pre-trial hearing, facing five charges including receiving and concealing firearms, carrying a concealed weapon, unlawful driving away of a motor vehicle and assault with a dangerous weapon.
Those charges will be put on hold until the five charges he is facing in Mason County are resolved. In Mason County he is facing charges of murder of a police officer, felony firearms, carrying a concealed weapon, auto theft and being a second-time offender. Those charges could put him behind bars for life.
The trial in Mason County is scheduled to start on February 18.
Knysz's wife, Sarah, and mother, Tammi Spofford, are also both facing charges in Mason County. Sarah Knysz is facing charges in Manistee County as well.
Eric Knysz allegedly shot and killed Trooper Paul Butterfield during a traffic stop on Custer Road in Mason County. Kynsz and his wife fled the scene after the shooting. They were later taken into custody after the car they allegedly stole was found in Manistee County.
Sarah Knysz testified in Mason County court that she witnessed her husband shoot Trooper Butterfield.