Suspect in shooting death of Trooper Butterfield arraigned
Wed, 11 Sep 2013 23:28:35 GMT —
Bond has been set at $250,000 for one of the suspects in the shooting death of State Trooper Paul Butterfield.
20-year-old Sarah Knysz faced a magistrate on a video conference Wednesday in a Mason County district courtroom on a two count felony complaint.
Crying at times throughout the arraignment, Sarah Knysz 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.
Sarah Knysz and her 19-year-old husband Eric Knysz are accused in Monday's fatal shooting of Trooper Butterfield during a traffic stop in Mason County.
The Mason County prosecutor says his office and investigators are still trying to piece together exactly what led up to the tragedy.
â??Often times homicides have no good reason but we can often speculate as to what the reason is. There is no good reason for any homicides, certainly this one and a motive is still unknown. We have theories but that's about it,â?? said Paul Spaniola, Mason County Prosecutor.
Sarah Knysz will be back in court for a preliminary hearing on September 25th.
The second suspect, Eric Knysz, is facing four felonies including the murder of Trooper Butterfield. This felony is punishable by life without parole.
The couple may also be facing charges in Manistee County where they were arrested at a Wellston gas station.
That's where Eric Knysz was injured in a shoot-out with police. He is expected in court on Thursday, September 12th.