Trooper Butterfield

NO DEAL. Trooper Butterfield shooting case going to trial

October 22, 2013
NO DEAL. Trooper Butterfield shooting case going to trial

LUDINGTON — Eric Knysz of Luther was offered no plea deal from the prosecutor during a final conference hearing today in 51st Circuit Court. The 19-year-old is being charged with multiple counts in connection with the Sept. 9 murder of Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield, including murder. Several law enforcement officers, including MSP Hart Post Commander Lt. Kevin Leavitt…

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Accused cop killer to appear in court today

October 22, 2013
Accused cop killer to appear in court today

LUDINGTON – Eric John Knysz, the man accused of murdering Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield, is scheduled to appear in front of Judge Richard Cooper in 51st Circuit Court this afternoon. The 19-year-old Luther resident is expected to be arraigned in circuit court during a final conference hearing scheduled for 3:15 p.m. Knysz faces charges of murder of a…

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Suspect accussed of trooper’s murder waives Manistee prelim

October 7, 2013
Suspect accussed of trooper’s murder waives Manistee prelim

By Rob Alway. Editor-in-Chief. MANISTEE — Eric John Knysz, the man accused of murdering Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield, has waived his preliminary examination in Manistee County district court. Knysz faces murder charges in Mason County but also being charged with several crimes in Manistee County as well. Eric Knysz hobbled into the 85th District Court room this afternoon,…

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Couple to appear in Manistee court on Oct. 7

September 25, 2013

MANISTEE — Eric Knysz and his wife, Sarah Knysz, are scheduled for preliminary examinations in Manistee County’s 85th District on Monday, Oct. 7. Eric Knysz, 19, is suspected of murdering Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield the night of Sept. 9 in Free Soil Township. He was arraigned Tuesday in Manistee for receiving and concealing a stolen firearm, carrying a…

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Mother may have helped alleged cop killers

September 24, 2013
Mother may have helped alleged cop killers

  CHARGES FILED IN MANISTEE COUNTY ALSO. LUDINGTON – Eric and Sarah Knysz may not have acted alone the night that Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfiled was shot and killed. Recently released affidavits indicate that Eric Knysz’s mother, Tammi Spofford played a role in helping the couple get rid of the pickup they were in at the time of…

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